The Best Cookbooks for Summer 2018

Make the most of the warmer weather with the most inspiring summer cookbooks for 2018. From fuss-free one-tin recipes to sizzling barbecue dishes and the coolest ice creams, summer is heating up.

A Love of Eating by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones

A Love of Eating is a cookbook to suit all seasons but we can't get enough of the many recipes that inspire firing up the barbecue or getting out that picnic rug and making the most of the warm weather. From light summery salads to fish cooked on the barbie, this cookbook is currently in prime, easy-to-reach position on our cookbook shelf.

Berber & Q by Josh Katz

Nothing says summer quite like a good barbecue, and Berber & Q by Ottolenghi protégé, Josh Katz, is the ultimate guide to cooking over coals. With flavours from the Middle East and beyond, this is an inspiring collection of recipes for everything from mezze to grills alongside plenty of invaluable advice on how to get the most out of your barbecue, to help you banish tasteless meats and lacklustre sides and cook up the best barbecue you've ever had.

La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers

If you thought the ultimate summer treat couldn't get any better, think again. Kitty Travers is the undisputed ice cream queen, renowned across South London and beyond for her incredible, seasonal ice creams and sorbets that are the essence of summer. Now, with this collection of 75 of Kitty's easy-to-follow recipes, you can recreate her iced delights at home and cool down with a scoop (or three) of intensely-flavoured, mouth-watering ice cream. Barbados Custard, anyone?

The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

Having changed our lives for the better with her first cookbook, The Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer is back with a new collection of recipes that leave the hard work to the oven, and this time they're all vegan and vegetarian. Perfectly timed for lazy summer evenings when the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooped up in the kitchen, these tasty and fuss-free dishes are packed with seasonal veg, hearty grains and creative dressings. Oh, and did we mention there will be much less washing up? Score.  

Eat Happy by Melissa Hemsley

Melissa's 30 minute feel-good recipes saw us through the winter months and now we're turning to its myriad summery recipes to inspire our midweek meals for warmer days. From super fresh and substantial salads to creative and lighter versions of everything from tacos and curries to desserts, we love the fuss-free instructions that are perfect for laid back summer cooking. 

The Little Swedish Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

From midsummer feasts to crayfish parties, the Swedes know a thing or two about summer feasting, which is why Rachel Khoo's brand new cookbook, The Little Swedish Kitchen, has a whole chapter dedicated to summer recipes. Try the vibrant Smashed Potatoes with Green Sauce for a brilliant side dish for fish, Pickled Mackerel 3 Ways for a taste of Scandinavia or Poached Chicken with Quick Pickled Strawberry Salad for the ultimate summer salad recipe. 

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