Relax in the Good Old Summertime

Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sue Ade

Photos By Sue Ade
Photos By Sue Ade
Recent cookbook releases from Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, like "Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget," by Amy McCoy; "Mary Engelbreit's Fan Fare Cookbook: 120 Family Favorite Recipes," illustrated by Mary Engelbreit (with recipes by friends and fans); and "Cider Beans, Wild Beans, and Dandelion Jelly: Recipes from Southern Appalachia," by Joan E. Aller; provide pages of great summer cooking and reading fun.

Whether you are a collector of cookbooks, or someone who actually likes to try the recipes from the cookbooks on your shelf, summer's a great time to browse for new titles. Three recent releases, from Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC (, are not only full of great recipes, but are the kind of cookbooks that are easily tucked inside a suitcase should you plan to do some reading, or cooking, while you're away from home. "Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly," by Joan E. Aller, includes more than 100 recipes, many accompanied with images and stories, for dishes made with foods prized by the people of southern Appalachia. With it being the height of summer, now's the perfect time to try Aller's recipes for "Oven-Baked Blueberry French Toast," "Crustless Tomato Pie," or "Corn Relish Salad," a dish Aller credits to her boss. The appeal of Amy McCoy's "Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget," lies in its phenomenal ability to balance good taste with a tight budget. I particularly enjoyed her recipes for "Honey-Balsamic Chicken Thighs" and "Cornmeal Crust Peach Crostata," among quite a few others. And, with 120 "time-tested classic family recipes" between its front and back covers, "Mary Engelbreit's Fan Fare Cookbook: 120 Family Favorite Recipes" would surely be appreciated by college-bound students, especially those who may be cooking on their own for the first time. No matter your level of cooking skill, you'll have luck with the cookbook's recipes for "Old Settlers Beans" and "Ava's Poppy-Seed Bread," keepers both. You really can't go wrong with any of these cookbooks. Each contains something for everyone, for every season, and for every budget, too.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at

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