Cool Cookbooks for Hot Days

July 25, 2019 | M. Elwood

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As the heat and humidity return this weekend, I can't imagine going into my kitchen for anything but ice cubes. We all have to eat, though. 

Here are some cookbooks that are perfect for these hot and humid days. 


Salads are so refreshing in summer. 

Big book of salad

Cooking Light Big Book of Salads



Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables by Ilene Rosen with Donna Gelb

Show up for salad

Show Up for Salad: 100 Recipes for Salads, Dressings and All the Fixins You Don't have to be Vegan to Love by Terry Hope Romero 



Ceviche is the Peruvian method of curing fish in citrus juice. 

Sure. What else are you going to do with all the fish? 

Ceviche peruvian kitchen

Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen by Martin Morales

Great ceviche

The Great Ceviche Book by Douglas Rodriguez with Laura Zimmerman



As David Letterman always says, "There's not a man, woman or child on the face of the earth who doesn't enjoy a tasty beverage."

Make fancy drinks and get creative with hydration. 


Mocktails Punches and Shrubs: Over 80 Nonalcoholic Drinks to Savor and Enjoy by Vikas Khanna

If, like me, you've never heard of a shrub, it's a concentrated syrup that mixes fruit, sugar and vinegar. Shrubs can be made with either a cold process or one that involves simmering.  

Summer drinks

Summer Drinks: A Collection of Delicious Non-Alcoholic Beverages with Recipes from Canada's Best Cafés and Restaurants by Elizabeth Feltham


Tea-Vitalize: Cold-Brewed Teas and Herbal Infusions to Refresh and Rejuvenate by Mimi Kirk

A lot of the drinks in this book are prepared without any heat source. If  you find hot tea refreshing any time of year (I do!), you will be delighted to know that Kirk has included some warm drinks too. 


General "cooking":

No cook no bake

The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It's Too Hot to Cook by Mat Kadey


Sweet treats:

Because we deserve a reward for coping with this weather!

No bake desserts

No-Bake Desserts: 103 Easy Recipes for No-Bake Cookies, Bars and Treats by Addie Gundry

No bake treats

No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More by Julianne Bayer

Ovenless desserts

Ovenless Desserts: Over 100 Delicious No-Bake Recipes for the Perfect Cakes, Ice Creams, Chocolates, Pies and More by Mamie Fennimore

Stay cool, Toronto, and eat well!