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The Chronicle Books Summer Reading List: Food and Drink

While we can't guarantee these five titles will make a chef out of you, we are fairly sure they will provide some inspiration for your summer gatherings.

Get ready to fire up the BBQ, delve into the spice cupboard, or get creative with some ice cream!

7x7 readers will also get 25% off any of these books and free shipping until June 15 by using this promotional code: SUMMERREADS

Slow Fire: The Beginners Guide to Barbecue
By Ray “Dr. BBQ“ Lampe Photographs by Leigh Beisch Foreword by “Famous Dave” Anderson.
Great barbecue is as simple as meat, fire, smoke, and time. This ode to authentic meaty goodness gives barbecue beginners an essential guide to the tools, techniques, and recipes needed to make smoky, mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone meats.
$22.95

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book
By Jake Godby and Sean Vahey with
Paolo Lucchesi Photographs by Frankie Frankeny.

With more than 300,000 Twitter followers, a heaping helping of controversy, and a rich supply of attitude and humor, Humphry Slocombe is not your average ice cream shop. This tasty book collects 50 recipes for these idolized and iconoclastic flavors, as well as surprising sundae combinations and popular toppings.
$19.95


Morocco: A Culinary Journey
By Jeff Koehler
With a wide range of exotic flavors and cooking styles, Morocco includes 80 recipes with Spanish influences, rustic Berber styles, complex, palace-worthy plates, spicy tagines, and surprisingly easy to make street food.
$29.95

At the Farmers’ Market with Kids
By Leslie Jonath & Ethel Brennan Photographs by Sheri Giblin
“Finish your vegetables!” becomes a phrase of the past when kids discover the diversity and deliciousness of farmers’ markets. At the Farmers’ Market with Kidsprofiles the fruits and vegetables available at most farmers’ markets, explaining how to tell which ones are ripe and how to store them as well as how to cook them, with over 65 delicious recipes.
$22.95

Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living
By Joseph Shuldiner Photographs by Emily Brooke Sandor
Pure Vegan proves that embracing a vegan lifestyle can be stylish and beautiful via 70 recipes that are both plant-based and indulgent. The only vegan cookbook that celebrates eating and enjoyment rather than emphasizing the politics of a vegan lifestyle, this beautiful compilation features novel, vivacious recipes.
$29.95