When the first fruits of spring hit the farmer’s market, I get in the mood to cook, to create and experiment with fresh flavors of the season. For a little inspiration (and direction), these cookbooks hot off the press really capture the sweet and savory potential of produce just picked.
Savor: Rustic Recipes Inspired by Forest, Field, and Farm
Nestled in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, Ilona Oppenheim creates meals from goods harvested in her own backyard and boy, does she! Warm, meaty and oh-so-satisfying dishes that reflect the rustic surroundings but feel right at home on any family table. I’m excited to get my hands on this cookbook because her recipes are unfussy in the making and look good too. It makes sense since Ilona is a home cook, a mother and a photographer slash graphic designer. She knows how to prepare a gorgeous meal without laboring painstakingly over it, because who has the time.
Savor comes out March 22 and can be pre-ordered now.
The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini
Get ready to be schooled. Chef and founder of Little Eater, Cara Mangini breaks down how to make over 150 vegetarian recipes. Grab your shades because whether you chop, caramelize, puree or shave your veggies, they are sure to shine in these noteworthy dishes. As a former vegetarian (who practices Meatless Mondays), this book opens up the palette for savory combinations outside of my regular kale chips and arugula pesto. Even if your knife skills are Top Chef-level, you’ll pick up a few tricks of the trade from Cara, whose mission to make veggies the focus rings true in this hardback.
Go ahead and secure a copy of The Vegetable Butcher before it’s April 19 release date.
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More
I liken myself a foodie, but I’ve got to be honest here. I’ve never canned anything in my life. The whole process overwhelms me but hopefully no longer. Blogger at Food in Jars and pro canner Marisa McClellan has been helping fearful newbies get comfortable with their mason jars. This book (her third on the subject) is all about natural sweeteners. Learn how to get the best flavors of the season with the use of agave, honey, dates, maple syrup and coconut sugar (who even knew that was a thing?). Marisa specializes in creating interest flavor profiles so her book should provide plenty of inspiration to canners of all levels.
Get Naturally Sweet Food in Jars online or at your local bookstore starting March 22.
The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking
If you suffer from CSA box driven anxiety, this new cookbook by Love and Lemons blogger Jeanine Donofrio will ease your worries. Consider it the manual for making the most with what you have on hand, as it even covers how to stock your pantry so you’re never wondering what to make with those daikon radishes before they spoil. So get organized and then get cooking!
Add The Love and Lemons Cookbook to your bookshelf this season, starting March 29.
Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season
After a winter of back to back apple pies, I’m ready for a change. It’s why I’m looking forward to Yossy Arefi of Apt 2B Baking Co‘s upcoming collection of tarts, cakes, and ice creams. Yossy, a food photographer captures the delight of fresh picked berries and the sort. Sure they taste delicious as they are, but just imagine them baked into a golden galette or folded into a refreshing sorbet. It’s enough to make you serve dessert first.
Start spoiling your dinner on March 22 when Sweeter Off the Vine hits bookstores.