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Time to Air Out the Picnic Blanket and Fire up the Grill!

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Great Ideas for Outdoor Cooking and Eating Al Fresco ...

Grill / Barbecue / Tailgate

Martha Stewart's at the Grill : 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small from the editors of Martha Stewart Living
Cool smoke : the art of great barbecue / Tuffy Stone
How to grill everything : simple recipes for great flame-cooked food / Mark Bittman
VBQ : the ultimate vegan barbecue cookbook : over 80 recipes, seared, skewered, smoking hot! / Nadine Horn & Jörg Mayer
The tailgate cookbook : 75 game-changing recipes for the tastiest tailgate ever / Beth Peterson

Martha Stewart's at the Grill : 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small from the editors of Martha Stewart Living

A lavishly photographed collection of more than 100 recipes includes options for everyday dinners and backyard feasts, including Korean Short Ribs, Grilled Vegetable Antipasto and Rick Bayless's Grilled Pork Tacos al Pastor.

Cool Smoke : The Art of Great Barbecue by Tuffy Stone

A former marine, classically-trained chef and World Record-breaking champion pitmaster offers 100 recipes and tips for making great barbecue including how to prepare your own brines, rubs and sauces and the best way to trim meat.

How to Grill Everything : Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food by Mark Bittman

A comprehensive grilling guide explains how to grill everything from the perfect steak to pizza, featuring recipes that cover every part of the meal, including appetizers, seafood, meat and poultry, vegetables, and desserts.

VBQ : The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook : Over 80 Recipes, Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot! by Nadine Horn & Jörg Mayer

A collection of barbecue recipes from popular vegan bloggers offers options ranging from peppered tofu steak and eggplant hot dogs to grilled avocados and Vietnamese pizza, along with an assortment of complementary sides and condiments. Also available in eBook from hoopla.

The Tailgate Cookbook : 75 Game-Changing Recipes for the Tastiest Tailgate Ever by Beth Peterson

A former sports-themed-restaurant owner, award-winning recipe developer and professional tailgater offers 75 delicious, tailgate-ready recipes to prepare for your next big game-day celebration, including salty snacks, buffalo wings, lobster nachos and hamburger-themed cupcakes.

Campouts / Picnics / Outdoor Cooking

A taste of the Hocking Hills / Matt Rapposelli
The campout cookbook : inspired recipes for cooking around the fire and under the stars / Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson
A Year of Picnics : Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors by Ashley English
The camp & cabin cookbook : 100 recipes to prepare wherever you go / Laura Bashar
The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook : Recipes From My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard

A Taste of the Hocking Hills by Matt Rapposelli

This amazing book intermingles delicious recipes with striking photographs of the Appalachian region. Chef Matt Rapposelli presents dishes by the season, noting the specialties appearing on his menus that time of year. Whether enjoying a winter evening or a summer morning, cooks will be able to bring a bit of the Hocking Hills home.

The Campout Cookbook : Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson

The authors of the IACP Award-winning The Picnic present more than 75 recipes for dining under the stars that are a mixture of make-ahead and cook on-site meals, in a cookbook that doubles as a camping survival guide complete with scary stories.

A Year of Picnics : Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors by Ashley English

Presents menus and over seventy recipes for various types of outdoor picnics, including such picnic themes as table-to-farm, afternoon tea, movie night, sacred tree, and rooftop.

THE CAMP & CABIN COOKBOOK : 100 RECIPES TO PREPARE WHEREVER YOU GO BY LAURA BASHAR

When it comes time to head out on the trail with a tent in hand, or to hit the road for a rural weekend at the cabin or lake house, there’s no reason to compromise on great food. It’s easy to whip up delicious meals with the recipes in this book: in addition to supply lists and prep work that can be done ahead of time, the instructions include options for cooking both outdoors over a roaring fire or indoors near a cozy hearth.

The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook : Recipes From My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard

The blogger behind "Half Baked Harvest," shares over one hundred and twenty-five recipes for dishes that include pan-fried feta with thyme and greek marinated olives, steak shwarma bowls, and gooey chocolate coconut caramel bars.

But Wait, There's More ... Even More Cookbooks To Inspire Your Next Get Together ...

Master of the grill : foolproof recipes, top-rated gadgets, gear, and ingredients plus clever test kitchen tips and fascinating food science / by the editors at America's Test Kitchen
Red, White, and 'Que : Farm-Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig
The Forest Feast Gatherings : Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family by Erin Gleeson
The Outdoor Table : The Ultimate Cookbook for Your Next Backyard BBQ, Front-Porch Meal, Tailgate, or Picnic by April McKinney
Graze : inspiration for small plates and meandering meals / Suzanne Lenzer

Master of the Grill : Foolproof Recipes, Top-Rated Gadgets, Gear, and Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips and Fascinating Food Science by the editors at America's Test Kitchen

Part field guide to grilling and barbecuing and part cookbook, "Master of the Grill" features a wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and more. These are the recipes everyone should know how to make— the juiciest burgers, barbecue chicken that’s moist not tough, tender grill-smoked pork ribs, the greatest steak (and grilled potatoes to serve alongside). Regional specialties are included, too—learn how to make Cowboy Steaks, Alabama BBQ Chicken, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs.

Red, White, and 'Que : Farm-Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

For all-American flavors, look no further than your own backyard garden for meals that are grill and barbecue-friendly. Provides barbecue recipes using seasonal American ingredients, including such dishes as blackened okra, bison burger sliders, Yankee noodle slaw, root beer ribs, ruby slipper beets, and grilled papaya with fresh lime.

The Forest Feast Gatherings : Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family by Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the author of the popular blog "The Forest Feast," which documents her vegetable-centric, seasonal approach to cooking. Her readers are drawn to her healthy recipes that anyone can make—dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party—as well as to her visually stunning photography and watercolors. Erin handwrites each recipe over her photos to create diagram-like, step-by-step instructions that are vibrant, unique, and most important, easy to cook from.

The Outdoor Table : The Ultimate Cookbook for Your Next Backyard BBQ, Front-Porch Meal, Tailgate, or Picnic by April McKinney

A cookbook and entertaining guide provides recipes for outdoor gatherings, including garlic butter grilled asparagus, honey buttermilk biscuit sandwich, summer squash tart, Lowcountry shrimp boil, and jerk chicken wraps with nectarine salsa. Also available in eBook from hoopla.

Graze : Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals by Suzanne Lenzer

Grazing is an enchanting way to eat. It means skipping from dish to dish, tasting different things without committing to a single one. It’s about creating multiple dishes that work together as a meal, that all share a theme, an aesthetic. When she entertains, or even pulls together a quick dinner for just two, food stylist Suzanne Lenzer enjoys this tapas-style of eating—and with her guidance, you can too.

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Online Resources

Tips for Hosting a Great Tailgate

16 Clever Tips for Hosting a Perfect Picnic

Top 15 Outdoor Entertaining Tips and Party Ideas

50 Easy Camping Recipes for Your Next Trip to the Great Outdoors

Vegan Grilling Guide 101


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