>• Four new cookbooks to help you make the most of the season’s abundant offerings
FAST, FRESH & GREEN
by Susie Middleton
Summer’s bounty served up quick and easy. Includes unconventional pairings like Heirloom Tomato, Summer Peach and Fresh Herb Gazpacho Salad (pictured above).
CAT CORA’S CLASSICS WITH A TWIST
by Cat Cora
An Iron Chef gets creative with casual old favorites that don’t take hours of prep. Tuna melt with apple and avocado, anyone?
THE CIAO BELLA BOOK OF GELATO & SORBETTO
by F.W. Pearce & Danilo Zecchin
Whip up lemon sorbetto or hazelnut gelato in your kitchen. You’ll need a standard ice cream machine, but it’s cheaper than a Tuscan vacation.
by Denise Gee
Tasty snacks and drinks, both alcoholic and otherwise, for whiling away sultry evenings.
• 12 to 14 small mint leaves
• 1 oz. fresh lime juice
• 1 tbsp. superfine sugar
• 4 oz. club soda or seltzer
Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker with lime juice and sugar. Add ice cubes to fill shaker and pour in soda. Gently shake. Strain into cocktail glass filled with ice.