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“Mediterranean Cooking: More than 150 Favorites to Enjoy with Family and Friends” by Pamela Clark.

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Eggplant with Marjoram Vinaigrette

For most of the year, eggplants are large, rotund and deep purple, but during the hot summer months, cooks can find so many more varieties at farmers markets and even some grocery stores. In addition to bright or deep purple, eggplant can be pink, striped and even white, and come ...

“Cooking Light Gluten-Free Baking: Delectable From-Scratch Sweet and Savory Treats” by Robert Landolphi.

Recipe of the week: strawberry-blueberry cheesecake

The Fourth of July will greet us at the end of the week, which means you have a handful of days to figure out what red white and blue dessert you’ll serve wherever you might be celebrating. This strawberry-blueberry cheesecake from “Cooking Light Gluten-Free Baking: Delectable From-Scratch Sweet and Savory ...

“Coconut Every Day: Cooking with Nature’s Miracle Superfood” by Sasha Seymour.

Recipe of the Week: Indian-Spiced Onion Fritters with Coconut Chutney

Who knew coconut was a superfood? Last week’s Recipe of the Week was a coconut-covered Samoa Pie, which few of us would think of as a health food, but Sasha Seymour’s new book “Coconut Every Day: Cooking with Nature’s Miracle Superfood” (Pintail; $20) encourages us to think differently about this ...

This Samoa Pie is from “First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More)” by Allison Kave.

Recipe of the week: Samoa Pie

This Girl Scout cookie-inspired pie come from Allison Kave, a baker with an online pie shop called First Prize Pies, who just published her first book, “First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More)” (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, $29.95).After ...

Corn Cake Stacks with Aged Cheddar and Arugula is one of the recipes from “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook” by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

 Relish Austin: Four of this summer’s best cookbooks

Some days, what we cook is fueled by what we have. On others, we cook to please a crowd or what our bodies are craving. With school out and the official start of summer around the corner, that might mean figuring out what to do with the copious cucumbers coming ...

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Wasabi Mascarpone from “30 Years at Ballymaloe” by Darina Allen (Kyle Books, $35)

Recipe of the week: heirloom tomato salad with wasabi mascarpone

There’s no better person to write the forward to Darina Allen’s new book than Alice Waters. Allen is to Ireland’s locavore movement what Waters is to America’s. For 30 years, Allen has run a cooking school on an organic farm and, inspired by a trip to the Bay Area, she ...

This peach panzanella is from “Smashing Plates” by Maria Elia.

From the Field: What to do with all those sweet Hill Country peaches

We’ve all had a moment with a peach. A whiff of an especially aromatic stone fruit, one whose taste lives up to the promise of its smell and whose nectar bursts out of the skin and spills all over your chin and hands. Watermelon has its similar charms, but a ...

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from “Kitchen Confidence” by Kelsey Nixon.

Recipe of the week: Scalloped sweet potatoes

Lasagna. French toast. Roast chicken. Sauteed vegetables. Tuna casserole. Rice pilaf. No matter who taught you how to cook or when you started to learn, we all have a set of dishes that are our culinary foundation. But just because you have a really great recipe for chicken soup doesn’t ...

Pistachio-Crusted Sea Bass with Tomato Curry Broth from “Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains” by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus.

Go fish! 10 tips and 5 recipes to get you cooking this summer

The warm-weather months are the perfect time of year to try something new with fish and seafood. Maybe it’s a new technique — such as poaching in a foil packet on the grill or making homemade ceviche — or maybe it’s asking a fish monger for a variety you’ve never ...

Mizuna Salad with Cumin-Roasted Cauliflower from “Brassicas” by Laura B. Russell.

Recipe of the week: Mizuna salad with cumin-roasted cauliflower

Brassicas hold a special place in the heart of every broccoli-loving kid who grew up to eat her weight in kale (not that I know anyone who fits that definition, of course). But now that we’ve collectively changed our minds about Brussels sprouts, cabbage and other formerly snubbed cruciferous vegetables, ...

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Rugelach from “The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home.”

Recipe of the week: Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Rugelach

Have you ever wanted to figure out how to make a pastrami sandwich at home like Katz’s Deli in New York? You’ll need the guidance of a someone like Michael Zusman, co-author of “The Artisan Jewish Deli At Home” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $27.99), which shares more than 100 recipes for ...

After baking the first side of the dough over high heat, use tongs to flip the dough to the indirect heat side of the grill and then add topping ingredients.

Broyles: Grilling artisan-style pizzas in your own backyard

If you can grill hamburgers, you can grill a pizza. But grilling a pizza? Wouldn’t it be easier to get one delivered? Of course it would be easier to call Domino’s, but the same is true when going to the effort of making something more familiar on a backyard grill, ...

Kedgeree with Eggs and Tarragon Butter from “The Best of Rose Elliot: The ultimate vegetarian collection” (Mitchell Beazley, $29.99) by Rose Elliot.

Recipe of the week: Kedgeree with Eggs and Tarragon Butter

English author Rose Elliot has written more than 15 books on vegetarian cooking, including a popular book in the 1980s about raising babies and toddlers on a plant-based diet. But this Mother’s Day, Elliot is back with one of the most carefully crafted books of her career, “The Best of ...

Bruschetta with Gorgonzola, Apples and Brandy is one of the dishes from a recent dinner party hosted by a group of friends who have been cooking together since 2000.

Broyles: Cooking club celebrates 14 years of monthly dinners

One Sunday a month for the past 14 years, Nydia Heintz, Fiona McInally, Sara Tucker, Linda Light and Glenda Lee have cooked dinner together.The enthusiastic cooks met through a community message board on Cooking Light’s website back in 2000. The magazine had run a story about groups of people who ...

Homemade ice cream cone from “The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook.”

Recipe of the Week: homemade ice cream cones

Who says panini presses are just for sandwiches? Like waffle makers and George Foreman grills, the panini press can be used to cook all kinds of things, from seared ahi tuna for a salad to grilled fajita meat for tacos. Kathy Strahs knows more about cooking on a panini press ...

Austin author Georgia Pellegrini picks a dandelion for a dandelion salad, one of the dishes from her new book, “Modern Pioneering.”

Broyles: ‘Modern Pioneering’ author Georgia Pellegrini on reconnecting with your roots to feed your soul

It’s a Tuesday, and Georgia Pellegrini is coming off a three-day technology fast.The East Austinite is in the middle of a media blitz for her latest book, “Modern Pioneering,” which included the Austin Food & Wine Festival last weekend, a visit from a production crew from “The Chew” and a ...

Food blogger Angela Liddon’s first book, “The Oh She Glows Cookbook,” came out in March and is already a New York Times bestseller.

Recipe of the week: Strawberry Mango Guacamole from ‘Oh She Glows’

It’s been more than five years since Angela Liddon started blogging about her effort to eat better and have a healthier mindset about food. That side project evolved quickly. She didn’t really know a whole lot about cooking, but persuaded her husband to kick fast food and soda and start ...

The Commerce Street Ramblers perform after dinner at the East Austin house of Brian and Brenna Tronsgaard.

From the Field: Couple shares love of local food through vegan supper club

Brian Tronsgaard wasn’t a vegan when he met Brenna Peterson. He wasn’t even in America. The musician was at home in Denmark when he and Brenna met online after Brenna had seen a band he sometimes played with at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2006. She fell in ...

Recipe of the week: Creamy Vanilla Fig Millet Cereal

Recipe of the week: Creamy Vanilla Fig Millet Cereal

You’ve likely heard of ancient grains by now. Quinoa might be the first to come to mind, even though it’s technically not a grain, but as eaters have shifted away from wheat — for health or culinary reasons — they’ve turned to other lesser-known seeds and grains, such as chia, ...

Find the ideal wine for Easter, Passover meals

From the point of view of religion, this is wine drinking’s annual high-water mark. Easter isn’t Easter without its dinner of lamb or ham and their wines; Passover isn’t Pesach without the mandated four cups of wine during the Seder and then more afterward to wash down the brisket. Here’s ...

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