New This Month

Summer (Cooking) School: Delicious Reads You'll Eat Right Up

From a deep dive into modern Southern cuisine to two ice cream-centric tomes, these new cookbooks are essential reading for food lovers everywhere.

To get more culinary cred without feeling like you’re stuck in summer school, crack open these smart reads.

book hello my name is ice cream
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Pastry chef Dana Cree’s "Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop" (Clarkson Potter) will give you a whole new appreciation of your next sundae; its 100-plus recipes and mix-in ideas make chemistry divine.


[HOST: An ice cream social]
book potlikker papers
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Before you take a bite of fried chicken or cole slaw, delve into the culture and politics that flavor such Dixieland traditions in "The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South" (Penguin), by Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge.


[MAKE: Our authentic Southern recipes]
book dirty guide to wine
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Trust Alice Feiring to pick your next bottle of Pinot Gris: "The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavors From Ground to Glass" (Countryman) has expert lists of the winemakers and vineyards to seek out now.


[MEET: 5 women winemakers you should know]
bravetart book cover
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Stella Parks's "Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts" (Norton) -- available in August -- is a fascinating history of where classic American desserts come from and will give you serious flashbacks, whether or not you grew up eating them. She's figured out how to re-create all these baked goods, from Hostess cupcakes to brownies, in a modern home kitchen. Our food director Sarah Carey especially loves her classic yellow layer cake with fudge frosting -- "it tastes just like your favorite cake from childhood, but much, much better."


[COOK: 12 nostalgic childhood foods that we made better]
herbs bookcover
Photography by: Courtesy of Cedar Fort Publishing

Jena Carlin and Jim Rude of the award-winning blog Little Rusted Ladle shine a much-deserved spotlight on cooking's supporting players in "Herbs for Flavor, Health, and Natural Beauty" (Cedar Fort).


[WATCH: The proper way to chop herbs]

Packed with whimsical yet easy-to-make flavors like cinnamon roll and rainbow cookie, pastry chef Stephen Collucci's "Everyday's a Sundae" (Chefs Connection) makes at-home ice cream experiments fun and approachable.


[CHURN: Our delightful summer ice cream recipes]