Cop These Cookbooks

A major key to success for summer barbeques and cookouts is having bomb recipes to follow. Check out some of these cookbooks before your next get-together so you can serve your guests food worth raving over.


  1. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen. When Sports-Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen announced she was releasing a cookbook, she was met with some skepticism. Her fans however, were excited that she was moving beyond her food blog to provide them with a wide range of recipes. You’re sure to be drooling over the pages of this cookbook until you can taste the food for yourself. You can buy Teigen’s cook­book on Amazon and on the Barnes and Noble website.
  2. Busy-Day Slow Cooking by Gooseberry Patch. For those summer days when you don’t have the time to be in the kitchen for hours, Gooseberry Patch gives you 225 recipes to use with your slow-cooker. This cookbook isn’t limited to just dinner either. You’ll find recipes for breakfast, lunch dessert and even appetizers! Busy-Day Slow Cooking is available for purchase on GooseberryPatch’s website and Amazon.
  3. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway. This cookbook was released in October 2014 and became #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. It stayed on the list well into 2015 and provides over 100 vegan recipes that range from “Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos” to “Grilled Peach Salsa.” A fair warning: the book is authored with lots of profanity (I find it hilarious but you might think it’s offensive). It’s available on Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble’s website.
  4. Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting From Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton. Looking to cook over a live fire and give some nice grilled and subtle charcoal taste to your food? Well this cookbook is for you. These two chefs bring you a cookbook that acts as a guide to grilling nearly everything: lamb hearts to a skirt steak and everything in between. Not everything in this book is grilled though. There are recipes for salads, dessert and even cocktails. You can buy it now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  5. Flavorwalla by Floyd Cardoz. This chef’s cookbook is aimed at home cooks with the book being divided into sections like “Weeknight Meals” and “Game Time.” The recipes aren’t ones to scare you off. They’re approachable though sometimes requiring the pantry of a more developed chef. Flavorwalla is available to purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  6. Food & Beer by Daniel Burns and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. There’s a beautiful relationship that exists between food and beer. The two go hand in hand like peanut butter and chocolate. The creators of this cookbook paired together beers with recipes and separated them by flavor profile. If you have a love for drinking beer with your meals then this book is definitely for you. You can purchase the book on Amazon and the Barnes and Noble website.

These are just six books out of a long list of cookbooks you can use this summer. I’ll definitely be cooking a lot out of Teigen’s and Gooseberry Patch’s books the next few months. Share your go-to summer cookbook or recipe below!



*Feature photo originally posted on Instagram by @kristinetrevino


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