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Nigella Lawson: Simple, Not Plain, Summer Fare()  

Strawberries and meringue cream cake

June 24, 2008 Now that summer is here, food lovers will be gathering outdoors for all sorts of celebrations. Most people like to keep it casual, but food writer and cook Nigella Lawson says there's room for a little bit of elegance, too.

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Recipes: 'Simply Organic'()  

May 28, 2008 Many an organic manifesto has hit the bookstore of late, but Simply Organic is different: light on sermonizing, and neck-deep in great recipes that highlight familiar seasonal flavors. Try Asparagus and Scallops and, for dessert, the Basil-Lemon Cake.

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Recipes: 'Raising the Salad Bar'()  

May 28, 2008 Summertime is salad time! Try an Arugula and Avocado Salad with Shaved Parmesan, topped with a garlicky lemon dressing. Or, if you still can't warm up to your leafy greens, maybe a sprightly Chicken Salad with Fruit and Toasted Pecans is more to your liking?

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Recipes: 'Mediterranean Fresh'()  

May 27, 2008 "Worldly but not pretentious, Joyce Goldstein's book appeals to the grown-up palate that doesn't mind if it never sees an iceberg wedge again," says T. Susan Chang. If this sounds like you, try Figs, Greens, and Prosciutto with Gorgonzola Cream Dressing or Grilled Squid Stuffed with Rice and Shrimp.

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Recipes: '101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks'()  

May 27, 2008 Sangria is one of the great pleasures of summer entertaining; its fruity, winey buzz goes equally well with spicy dishes and cool salads. So pour a glass of Wildberry or Spanish Sangria — the recipe's on us.

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Recipes: 'Gelato!'()  

May 27, 2008 With just four or five ingredients and an ice cream maker, you can surrender to the arctic charms of Pistachio Gelato or Melon Sorbetto. You don't even have to separate an egg.

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Recipes: 'Fish Without A Doubt'()  

May 27, 2008 Somehow, seafood always tastes better in the summer, and this book, says T. Susan Chang, is like "having your smart aunt in the kitchen, saving you from your own foolish, blundering self." Why not start with Key West Ceviche or center a meal on the Grilled Dorade with Hoisin Glaze?

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The 10 Best Cookbooks for Summer()  

'Simply Organic' cover

June 1, 2008 This year's collection of bright, colorful, can-do summer cookbooks issues a rallying cry: How long can you go without turning on the oven?

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Recipes: 'Summer Gatherings'()  

May 27, 2008 Rick Rodgers works with familiar warm-weather flavors and tweaks them just a bit. Try it yourself with Spaghetti with Roasted Summer Vegetable Sauce or Grilled Chicken with White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce.

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Recipes: 'Grill It!'()  

May 27, 2008 This book streamlines strong flavors into bold, relatively simple recipes. Our recommendations? Easy Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Spareribs or Smoke-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Maple Barbecue Sauce.

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