This time of year, many people try to eat less to fit into their swimsuits. I try to eat more.
Bonny Wolf is a regular contributor to NPR.org's Kitchen Window, and to NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her book of food essays, Talking with My Mouth Full, will be published in November by St. Martin's Press.
Summer is the eating season. There's no better time to eat locally and seasonally, which today is compulsory. Gorgeous fruits and vegetables spill out of the stalls at farmers markets. Crabs and oysters are pulled from the waters. There are barbecues and picnics. Life slows down and it's important to have the right food while you're braking.
Cookbooks can help. Plus, there are gorgeous color photographs.
I'm always looking for dishes that are easy but look hard, that keep you out of the kitchen but still make your friends feel special.
So I turn to authors such as Pam Anderson and Ina Garten.