This is our kind of beach read. 

Your summer reading list should include a few new cookbooks for those days when it’s not too hot to turn on the oven—here are a few new Canadian titles worth looking out for.


Eat More Plants: Over 100 Anti-inflammatory, Plant-based Recipes For Vibrant Living

By Desiree Nielsen, Penguin Canada, $32

Your mom was right—even the newly revamped Canada Food Guide recommends eating more fruit and veg, whether you’re committed to them exclusively or not. In Eat More Plants, dietitian Desiree Nielsen offers over 100 gluten-free plant-based recipes for the vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or carnivore. With advice on setting up a kitchen, meal prep basics, helpful pantry descriptors, cooking charts and a 21-day meal plan —there’s no excuse for not eating more plants.


Everyone's Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen Free

By Amanda Orlando, TouchWood, $40

For those navigating dietary restrictions ranging from food sensitivities to anaphylactic allergies, Amanda Orlando’s new cookbook, Everyone's Welcome, addresses how to cook and bake without the "big eight": peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish—and other common allergens. Most of the recipes are free from all eight, with the rest offering alternatives, accommodating those who are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.


The 3-ingredient Baking Book: 101 Simple, Sweet And Stress-free Recipes

By Charmian Christie, Robert Rose, $24.99

Anyone new to or intimidated by the baking process, will appreciate Charmian Christie's collection of stress-free sweets, each made with only three ingredients. Think shortbread, quick chocolate mousse, icebox parfaits and fruit-filled puffed pastries, with useful shortcuts and advice about how to avoid the most common baking mistakes.


Prairie Table

by Karlynn Johnston, Appetite by Random House, $32

Prairie food is food is for gathering—around the kitchen table, out in the field at harvest time, or spread out picnic-style in the wide-open spaces. Edmonton food blogger Karlynn Johnston brings her own style of nostalgic recipes to the table for your next prairie social.