May 28, 2010 Memorial Day weekend is here -- and the season for cookouts and hot dogs has begun. We asked a group of experts how to make the perfect hot dog -- without getting too fancy. They lay out the best way to approach the essentials, from the bun to condiments.
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May 27, 2010 Simon Hopkinson's latest book is an English-looking volume with a Francophile sensibility, inspired by a meal thrown together from leftover vegetables in his fridge. The Vegetarian Option features plenty of last-minute, kitchen-garden dishes. The desserts are warm, fruity, rich, or all three.
May 27, 2010 Steve Raichlen, who bills himself as "live-fire cooking's foremost authority, ambassador, and author," has a grill show on PBS, a sprawling website, and millions of copies of books in print. Now this modestly ambitious grillmeister has gone literally global, with Planet Barbecue! a book that undertakes to investigate the art of cooking over fire in every corner of the world.
May 27, 2010 Every recipe in the vegetable section of Mario Batali's Molto Gusto will likely add something new to your repertoire. The book also covers plenty of easy foods like salads, pasta and pizza -- and if you live near a good Italian importer, the sky's the limit.
May 27, 2010 Melissa's Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce is like an alphabetical, quick-reference Greatest Hits of Produce. The book lives up to its promise of "everyday" food; these are homey, easy-going recipes of the sort that you might see in a community cookbook.
May 27, 2010 There's nothing sadder than a pint of berries going moldy in your fridge because you had every intention of making a tart but couldn't get motivated to hunt down a recipe. Well, Farmers' Market Desserts by Jennie Schacht is here to help.
May 27, 2010 BBQ 25 is a 66-page board book -- sort of a Goodnight Moon for grownups who like to cook -- with one graphics-rich recipe per spread. Iconic little line drawings show what tools and techniques you'll use, color photographs show the most crucial aspects of prep, and the text is laconic but clear.
May 27, 2010 In Fast, Fresh & Green, Susie Middleton demonstrates that sometimes a few flavorful gestures are all you need. Among the many outstanding produce books you'll find this year, this one's the sleeper hit.
May 27, 2010 Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers is a feast for the eyes -- lushly photographed and somehow both elegant and earthy.
May 27, 2010 Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers is a feast for the eyes -- lushly photographed, and somehow both elegant and earthy.
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