May is the national month for some of the following: barbecue, salads and salsa. Enjoy Livingston Public Library’s hoopla and OverDrive/Libby services and borrow titles that highlight these delicious culinary offerings.
Total Grilling Manual by Lisa Atwood (available via hoopla)
264 Essentials for Cooking with Fire
While there are loads of grilling books on the market, this is the one that’s pooled all the knowledge you could ever need into one book. This a-z, all-inclusive guide to grilling has everything for the first time grilling and the seasoned veteran alike. Find top tips, tricks to get the most out of your grill, and delicious recipes that everyone will love in the Total Grilling Manual. With high-quality design and intricate detail.
Bobby Flay’s Grill It by: Bobby Flay and Stephanie Banyas (available via OverDrive/Libby)
Fire up the best backyard bashes with 150 simple and delicious recipes from grilling guru Bobby Flay in his first-ever fully illustrated, full-color grilling book.
Whether you’ve picked up corn at a local farmstand or chicken breasts at the supermarket, a fantastically flavorful, ridiculously simple grilled feast is right at your fingertips with Bobby Flay’s Grill It! Packed with the innovative marinades, sauces, vinaigrettes, and rubs that have helped make Bobby a celebrity chef and leading restaurateur, this beautiful cookbook will help you transform basic ingredients into grilled masterpieces year-round.
Bobby knows how you shop and cook and knows you think “I want burgers tonight”–not “I want to do a main course on the grill.” As a result, the book is conveniently organized by ingredient, with chapters covering juicy beef steaks and succulent shrimp, of course, as well as perhaps less traditional grill fare such as asparagus, fruit, lamb, scallops, potatoes, and squash, so you can expand your backyard repertoire. Bobby teaches you how to grill each staple perfectly while also offering an arsenal of ideas for how to transform your favorite ingredients into something inventive and satisfying such as Grilled Chicken Thighs with Green Olives and Sherry Vinegar-Orange Sauce or Grilled Steak with Balsamic-Rosemary Butter.
The Outdoor Table by April McKinney (available via hoopla)
The Ultimate Cookbook for Your Next Backyard BBQ, Front-Porch Meal, Tailgate, or Picnic
April McKinney celebrates the tradition of packing up your best food and enjoying a meal outdoors. When most people say they are going out to eat, they usually mean out to a restaurant. But it could mean a front porch brunch with your closest friends; a nighttime concert in the park; a tailgate party at the stadium; a moonlit dinner at the drive-in movie theater; or a picnic at a vineyard. Whether at a planned event or just an impromptu cookout in the backyard with your friends and neighbors, The Outdoor Table is your guide to creating portable dishes that you can prepare ahead of time and serve cold or at room temperature when you get to your destination that your family and friends will love. It’s time to pack a picnic and start making memories.
101 Soup, Salad & Sandwich Recipes by Gooseberry Patch (available via OverDrive/Libby)
Whether you’re looking for lunch recipes, side dishes, or hearty mains, you’ll love the variety in 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches Cookbook. Chicken & Dumplin’ Soup, Spicy Sausage Chowder and Pioneer Beef Stew and BBQ Sloppy Joe Soup will all hit the spot! Tarragon Steak Dinner Salad and Pasta Taco Salad make tasty mains, while Mustard-Thyme Potato Salad and Raspberry Chicken Salad are great for toting to potlucks and picnics. Bite-sized or stacked high, friends & family will love sandwiches like Cheeseburger Roll-Ups, BBQ Chicken Calzones, Tuna Paninis and Lasagna Buns. Plus, with the “Terrific Toppings” chapter, you can sprinkle soups and salads with homemade garnishes like Zesty Pita Crisps and Bacon-Onion Croutons, and pile more flavor on sandwiches with Lemony Sage Mayonnaise or easy Refrigerator Pickles.
Williams-Sonoma Salad Of The Day by Georgeanne Brennan (available via hoopla)
365 recipes for every day of the year
Part of the Williams-Sonoma series
Organized by month, and featuring one recipe for each day on the calendar, Williams-Sonoma Salad of the Day includes 365 recipes for salads to match any season, occasion, or mood. Whether it’s a simple mixed greens salad with red wine vinaigrette for a dinner party starter, a classic Cobb Salad for a main-course lunch, a quinoa or farro salad perfect for bringing to a potluck or picnic, or a pasta salad to accompany food fresh off the summer grill, the wealth of simple and delicious choices and beautiful full-color photography will provide daily inspiration and satisfy any salad-lover’s craving throughout the year.
Salsas and Mole by Deborah Schneider(available via OverDrive/Libby)
Fresh and Authentic Recipes for Pico de Gallo, Mole Poblano, Chimichurri, Guacamole, and More
A collection of 60 authentic salsa and mole recipes from acclaimed chef/restaurateur Deborah Schneider, adapted for US kitchens.
America has a new favorite condiment: salsa. And with good reason—a great salsa makes a big impression with just a little bite. In Salsas and Moles, award-winning chef Deborah Schneider explores a wide variety of favorites, from classic table salsas to mole and enchilada sauces, plus chunky salsas and snacks. While some people think salsa is all about heat, Schneider teases out fresh flavors from chiles, fruits, and herbs, creating authentic recipes that showcase the unique flavors of Mexico.
With serving suggestions for each salsa, and recipes for popular sauces such as Salsa Verde, Enchilada Sauce, and Mango-Habanero Salsa, any salsa lover will be able to find their perfect match.
-Melissa Brisbin, Associate Director