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Cool Food in the Summertime

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining. Local produce is plentiful and the sunny skies let us enjoy outside entertaining. Have a party in your backyard and use these books to impress your guests with your amazing culinary skills. And you can earn your Connect Your Summer Foodie Badge while you enjoy!

Icebox cakes: simply irresistible no-bake desserts by Lauren Chattman; photography by Duane Winfield

BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang

Smokin' with Myron Mixon: recipes made simple, from the winningest man in barbecue by Myron Mixon with Kelly Alexander

The ultimate guide to pitcher drinks: cool cocktails for a crowd by Sharon Tyler Herbst

Mary Engelbreit's dining out cookbook by Mary Engelbreit

Katie Brown's outdoor entertaining: taking the party outside by Katie Brown

Fiesta at Rick's: fabulous food for great times with friends by Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless

Parties, potlucks & barbecues