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Summer food reading

(article, Culinate staff)

The James Beard Foundation recently assembled a list of 14 summer reading books for food lovers (PDF) — one for every week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Even if you’re not up for the book-a-week challenge, this list has something for everyone — memoir, fiction, and food history, pulling from both classics and newer releases.

Those of us who’d rather read recipes than novels can turn to NPR’s delightful collection of summer cookbooks. With nary a grilling book to be found, this list celebrates the freshly picked, straight-from-the-garden fruits and veggies that make summer so amazing.

And if you want to devour this year’s crop of recently or soon-to-be published food books and cookbooks, check out Eater’s compilation of those hitting bookstores this summer. Sorted by topic and genre, this comprehensive list gives you plenty of reading options, from a biography of Julia Child and her cats to cookbooks drawn from television shows. ("Game of Thrones" and its mock-medieval fare? Why not?)