As we approach the Bank Holiday weekend, we’re all living in hope for great weather. Which means we’re hoping for plenty of time outdoors, which means eating out of doors.
Whether that means a meal on the go, or at a table in the garden, then it’s time to enjoy summer eating. Here’s some great new books to inspire new recipes to try that are perfect for those occasions.
The Outdoor Table – this is a bit American in theming, as we’re not big on tailgating in the UK, and not many front porch meals either! That said, I love the idea of an outdoor breakfast, for which there are recipes, if not guarantees of the weather! And I’m not sure when is the right time to serve the 7-layer bacon dip, but the book is almost worth it for that!
Swedish Summer Feasts – a blissful image of summer, this covers picnics, brunches and barbecues by the beach. Sounds perfect and when it has recipes like entrecôte with herb butter or potato fritters, then it’s going to be a summer to enjoy and remember.
Picnic in Provence: A Tale of Love in France, With Recipes – even through bad times, my summers in France were filled, mainly, with great eating, particularly around tables filled with many friends, new and old. I’ve never been to Provence, but this tale, and the recipes, sum up my kind of summer, and ones I hope to create in time ahead.
The Picnic Cookbook – how this one speaks to occasions I love: afternoon tea in the garden, a picnic lunch in the countryside, the smell of something good on the barbecue. Perfect recipes for each of these occasions, and then some occasions I’ve not thought of, like a punting picnic. But plenty of time ahead, and this has recipes to appeal to everyone.
The Picnic Book for Family or Romance – ah, now this really does sound like my life, and probably many others. A picnic for two would be a rare thing, but something to look forward to, and I’m looking forward to plenty of family style picnics this summer. Straightforward, interesting but not complicated, so not so much prepping time and plenty of time for making the most of the sunshine if we have it.
Here’s hoping this is a weekend to enjoy picnics and barbecues and even just a cup of tea and a biscuit in the sunshine. Fingers crossed!