The Summer House Cookbook

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The Summer House Cookbook

Easy Recipes for When You Have Better Things to Do with Your Time

By Debra Ponzek; Geralyn Delaney Graham

Clarkson Potter, Hardcover, 9780609608227, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2003


Whether your summer house is a beachside bungalow, a lakeside cottage, or a year-round retreat, cooking for family and friends while on vacation can be a delight—if you know how to keep it simple. The Summer House Cookbook has all of the tips, tricks, and recipes guaranteed to make summertime cooking a breeze.

Rather than stocking a vacation home with a full array of spices, whip up a couple “make-to-take” infused oils, marinades, and spice blends to bring along—they’ll give instant, effortless flavor to meats and fish. Save time in the kitchen by cleverly dressing up leftovers—turn extra roast chicken into Tarragon Tree Chicken Salad, and grilled flank steak into a great sandwich with some Balsamic-Marinated Red Onions. From crowd-pleasing recipes such as Picnic Basket Fried Chicken, Memorial Day Coleslaw, and Bar Harbor Lobster Cakes to sophisticated offerings like Charred Pesto Shrimp and Grilled Lamb Chops with Olive Butter, these dishes require nothing more than the basic equipment available in even a bare-bones kitchen.

The Summer House Cookbook is filled with great ways to enjoy the pleasures of the season. Share a big pitcher of margaritas and a bowl of Best-Ever Guacamole with friends, or celebrate summer produce with Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcakes and Perfect Peach Pie.

Filled with evocative photographs and the stove-side advice of two friends who love to cook together, The Summer House Cookbook is all you need to create delicious food in any kitchen.

About the Author

DEBRA PONZEK is the chef and owner of the renowned specialty food shop, Aux Délices, with branches in Greenwich and Riverside, Connecticut. She has been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Redbook and was the chef of New York’s Montrachet. She has had numerous television appearances, from Food Network to David Letterman and NBC News. Her previous book is French Food American Accent. She lives with her husband and three children in Greenwich, Connecticut.

GERALYN DELANEY GRAHAM is the founder and president of Resources, a public relations firm that specializes in publicity and marketing promotions for the food and wine industry. She has been featured in articles in Food Arts and Advertising Age for her work with high-profile chefs and restaurants like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, La Caravelle, and Chanterelle. She and her husband live near the Jersey Shore.