Summer Travel: The Global Cooking Edition | Wyatt’s World

Summer cooking is abundant cooking, full of farmers market bounty and less expensive grocery produce. It is also a time of laid-back days that allow for culinary experimentation and, of course, vacations. Checking all of those boxes, here is a global tour of new recipes to try and places to visit, even if it’s only through the pages of a book.

  • Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories by Fany Gerson (Ten Speed: Crown).
    Beat the heat with this offering of dozens of recipes for sorbets, ice creams, toppings, and sauces. Mixed in with stories, some history, and a heaping scoop of warm encouragement are instructions for desserts such as caramelized fig ice cream and hibiscus-sangria sorbet.
  • Lisbon: Recipes from Portugal’s Beautiful Southern Region by Rebecca Seal (Hardie Grant).
    Some library collections may be short on books devoted to the cuisine of Portugal. Correct that imbalance with this visually arresting guide to delicacies of the capital city, from fresh sardines on toast to chickpea tarts.
  • Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking by Julie Ann Sageer with Leah Bhabha (Griffin: St. Martin’s).
    Middle Eastern cookbooks are definitely in vogue, but if there is room in the collection for another volume, then consider this accessible guide to the amazing flavors of the region. Dishes include the famous mezza, or small plates, and recipes inspired by street-food favorites.
  • My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons by Sharon Santoni (Gibbs Smith).
    Part of cooking is offering hospitality, and this book shows how the French do it in gracious style. Blogger Santoni also offers recipes in her lavishly photographed guide to seasonal French entertaining, such as fruit tarts and roasted duck with quince.
  • 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes by Jet Tila (Page Street).
    Readers can travel to Asia with this buzzy guide to the flavors of the continent, presenting recipes from Korean BBQ to Vietnamese sandwiches to homemade Sriracha. Tila is well known from Food TV, and this title is getting blurbed by fellow celebrities such as Alton Brown and Bobby Flay.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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