Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends
By Rick Rodgers
(William Morrow Cookbooks, Hardcover, 9780061438509, 176pp.)
Publication Date: May 2008
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Firm, ripe tomatoes. Golden corn. Fragrant basil. Juicy peaches. Nothing compares with the bounty of summer when colors, flavors, and aromas are at their peak and cooking is easier than ever. Fresh, ripe produce is so tasty and perfect on its own that creating a terrific summer meal can be stress-free, delicious, and fun.
In Summer Gatherings, award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers has compiled his favorite simple summer recipes that make the most of the season's flavors. Purposely casual, stripped to their essentials, these recipes are uncomplicated by elaborate sauces or fussy garnishes, focusing instead on the fruits and vegetables that make summer cooking what it is. With Watermelon, Tomato, and Mint Salad to Fried Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms; Soft Shell Crab BLT Sandwiches; Chocolate Cherry Parfaits; Grilled Chicken with White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce; Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Ricotta Salata; and Cantaloupe Ice Pops, Rodgers will help you take full advantage of summer's bounty.
From family cookouts to neighborhood block parties, from picnics on the lawn to picnics at the beach, the appetizing recipes and photographs in Summer Gatherings are guaranteed to satisfy and inspire all season long.
Rick Rodgers is the author of more than thirty-five cookbooks, including the bestselling 101 series (Thanksgiving 101, Christmas 101, Barbecues 101) and beloved cookbooks on everything from fondue to slow cookers to comfort food. His recipes have appeared in Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine and on epicurious.com, and he is a frequent contributor to Bon AppÉtit. He lives in the New York tristate area.
“Rodgers...is at his creative best with Summer Gatherings, as he builds dishes around the ingredients that are in the garden....Full of original plates that are easy to prepare...[Summer Gatherings is] a keeper on the cook-book shelf of every kitchen.”
“Summer Gatherings will give my favorite specialty cookbook a run for its money....[It] isn’t yet another ‘let’s barbeque’ guide with only slight variations on the same basic recipes...This book focuses on the fresh fruits and vegetables that are abundant during the summer months.”