7 Cookbooks To Make Your Summer Dinners Exciting Again

Not sure what you want to eat in this hot weather? Whether you want something light that you can rustle up quickly for yourself or something more spectacular for al fresco dinner parties and barbecues, we’ve picked the 7 best cookbooks to give you some culinary inspiration this summer.

Melissa Hemsley – Eat Happy: 30-Minute Feelgood Food

A celebration of fast, fuss-free food, Melissa Hemsley’s Eat Happy boasts 120 mood-boosting recipes for every night of the week – all using store-cupboard ingredients and ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. This ewes cheese, heritage tomato and watermelon salad is exactly what we want to be eating during the heatwave.

Tart London – A Love of Eating

ES Magazine columnists and caterers to fashion’s A-list, Tart London’s Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones inspire you to create vibrant and diverse dishes in their debut cookbook. Every fresh, vibrant and wholesome recipe is perfect for when you really want to impress.

Ottolenghi – SIMPLE

Yotam Ottolenghi’s SIMPLE is full of the chef’s signature stand-out dishes made easy – whether that’s getting flavour-forward food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal or a meal that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready.

Nigella Lawson – Nigella Summer

Full of irresistible seasonal recipes, Nigella Summer is all about creating delicious outdoor dinners with Italian, Greek and Moroccan flourishes – presented with Lawson’s signature ease, luscious photography and evocative writing style.

Linda and Alex Meyer – Great Vegan BBQ Without A Grill 

Linda and Alex Meyer, the mother-daughter team behind the food blog Veganosity, are on a mission to make popular barbecue dishes accessible to vegans. Smart substitutions mimic meat textures and flavours with vegetables and no fancy kitchen equipment is needed. We love the Smoky Chipotle BBQ Black Bean Burger.

Nieves Barragan Mahacho – Sabor: Flavours from a Spanish Kitchen

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Nieves Barragán Mohacho is the renowned Spanish chef behind London’s hottest new restaurant Sabor and previously at the acclaimed Barrafina restaurants, where she was awarded a Michelin star. Her cookbook details the food she likes to cook when she’s off duty, from hearty dishes such as braised Iberian pork ribs and chorizo and potato stew to seafood skewers, clams in salsa verde and stuffed piquillo peppers.

Josh Katz – Berber & Q

Josh Katz is the chef behind London’s coolest BBQ restaurant Berber & Q, so his new cookbook contains some of the very best and boldest recipes for a summer cookout. All dishes are a celebration of flavour and not just for meat-lovers – vegetables are never treated like a sideshow.