You don't have to be in the market for a major diet shift to appreciate the joys of cookbook shopping. As convenient as it is to look up recipes online, there's something so satisfying about opening a book packed with gorgeous pictures of food — and the instructions for preparing that food. And with summer approaching, now is the perfect time to get some new influences in the kitchen.
This season is filled with titles that will inspire you to eat different. Whether you're looking to shift to a plant-based lifestyle or learn about the cuisine of a region (or a region of NYC), there's a cookbook for you. And what I love about this batch of titles is how varied their approaches to cuisine are. Whether they're sharing recipes that take days or mere minutes, these writers show how important valuing food is. We're often grateful for the people we share meals with, but it's just as important to appreciate our ability to engage in the process of making food.
So, roll up your sleeves, get out your knives and spatulas, and start perusing. These seven cookbooks will have you eating yummier breakfasts, packing tastier lunches, and, importantly, throwing better parties. Bon appétit!