July 05, 2010 12:00 PM

>• 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.

PORCH PARTIES

by Denise Gee

Tasty snacks and drinks, both alcoholic and otherwise, for whiling away sultry evenings.

Nojito

• 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.

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