Summer Grilling and Picnic Cookbooks

Celebrate National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month!

June 15, 2021

July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. This booklist includes cookbooks to find a great recipe for a Summer picnic or BBQ!

The barbecue! bible

The Barbecue! Bible

Steven Raichlen

Barbecue equipment, techniques, and traditions, and such recipes as quick Persian beef kebabs, chili-coriander chicken, grilled focaccia, Chinese barbecued pork, and steak in garlic-lime marinade

The beach house cookbook

The Beach House Cookbook
Easy Breezy Recipes With a Southern Accent

Mary Kay Andrews

The best-selling author of The Weekenders presents a collection of her favorite summer-season recipes, outlining menu plans based on casual dining and fresh local ingredients while explaining how to prepare such options as charcoal-grilled oysters, buttermilk-brined fried chicken and Meyer lemon bar trifle.

Bobby Flay's barbecue addiction

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

Bobby Flay

The celebrity chef and best-selling author of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! presents an official tie-in to his show, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction that shares culinary secrets for effective grilling, providing recipes for such fare as Smoked Prime Rib with Red Wine Steak Sauce and Smoked Spice-Rubbed Brisket, Texas Style.

The book of burger

The Book of Burger

Rachael Ray

Offers more than three hundred recipes for burgers, condiments, and a wide range of sides, providing guidelines for selecting and cooking preferred patty ingredients while making recommendations for special-occasion burger menus.

Bring it!

Bring It!
Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining

Ali Rosen

The word “potluck” may inspire memories of church dinners and mystery covered dishes. But today’s potlucks are essentially outsourced dinner parties, which make gathering around a shared table a cinch. Inside Bring It!, you will find dozens of impressive-looking recipes that come together easily, and are perfect for carrying to any occasion.

The campout cookbook

The Campout Cookbook
Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars

Marnie Hanel, 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.

The complete summer cookbook

The Complete Summer Cookbook
Beat the Heat With 500 Recipes That Make the Most of Summer’s Bounty

Good Housekeeping

A collection of seasonally inspired recipes, designed to minimize kitchen heat during the peak of the summer, shares instructions for preparing options ranging from North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork to Shrimp and White Bean Salad.

Country living picnics and porch suppers

Country Living Picnics and Porch Suppers

Diana Gold Murphy

A collection of 175 recipes, cooking and entertaining tips, and more than one hundred four-color photographs provides ideas for indoor, outdoor, and fireside meals no matter the season, from an apple harvesting family picnic to a formal porch supper.

The Deen bros. get fired up

The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up
Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking, and More

Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen, Melissa Clark

Outdoor entertaining ideas and recipes, including classic pulled-pork sandwiches, pesto shrimp skewers, fire-roasted clams and mussels, and chili-overstuffed potatoes.

Emeril at the grill

Emeril at the Grill
A Cookbook for All Seasons

Emeril Lagasse

Grilled dishes that can be done in all seasons, with recipes for side servings, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, kebabs, fish, chicken, steak, and dessert, along with tips for technique and equipment.

Endless summer cookbook

Endless Summer Cookbook

Katie Lee

Recipes that utilize the season’s produce and other fresh ingredients to create dishes, drinks, and desserts that include rolled shrimp, goat cheese, and dill omelet, steak tacos with pickled radishes and mashed avocado, and green goddess corn on the cob.

Good housekeeping the great potluck cookbook

Good Housekeeping the Great Potluck Cookbook
Our Favorite Recipes for Carry-In Suppers, Brunch Buffets, Tailgate Parties & More!

Includes 10 seasonal potluck menus and their accompanying recipes and full-color photos, including Mother’s Day Brunch, Potluck Patio Party, Family Reunion Picnic, Neighborhood Fourth of July Fun, Dinner on the Lawn Picnic and more.

Good housekeeping grilling

Good Housekeeping Grilling
More Than 275 Perfect Year-Round Recipes

Good Housekeeping

In a grilling bible that includes thirty-five varieties of burgers, the author provides more than 275 recipes from all kinds of barbecued treats, from panini to pizzas to desserts.

Grilling vegan style

Grilling Vegan Style
125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite Into a Backyard BBQ

John Schlimm

A book that explains how to grill up fruits, veggies and faux meats includes recipes for plant-based appetizers, salads, sides, kabobs, burgers, desserts and more.

Guy on fire

Guy on Fire
130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking

Guy Fieri

In a cookbook filled with full-color photos, tips and advice, the Food Network star shares his favorite techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking through the year along with recipes for delectable desserts, flavorful sauces and condiments and delicious drinks.

How to grill everything

How to Grill Everything
Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food

Mark Bittman

Featuring more than 250 recipes and hundreds of variations, an ultimate grilling guide by the award-winning author of Food Matters covers grilling basics and offers such event-appropriate options as Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp, Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Texas-Style Smoked Brisket.

The little book of pies & tarts

The Little Book of Pies & Tarts
50 Easy Homemade Favorites to Bake & Share

Country Living

Learn how to make 50 different tasty pies and tarts, from Banana Cream Pie to a Pesto and Ricotta Quiche to a Summer Berry Tart With Chocolate Crumb Crust, in a book with full-color photos.

Martha Stewart's grilling

Martha Stewart’s Grilling
125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small

Martha Stewart Living

Over one hundred recipes for outdoor cooking, including chicken satay, pork and chorizo kebabs, Korean short ribs, and grilled stone-fruit fool.

Modern potluck

Modern Potluck
Beautiful Food to Share

Kristin Donnelly

More than one hundred make-ahead recipes that are easy to transport and can be scaled up and down for easy entertaining, including such options as tomatillo pulled chicken, spiced beef and lamb meatballs, and citrus and bitters salad.

Semi-homemade grilling

Semi-Homemade Grilling

Sandra Lee

More than 120 easy, out-of-this world recipes for any type of grill—all accompanied by beautiful color photos.Grilled main dishes, simple sides, amazing desserts, and cooling cocktails. Outdoor grilling instructions and indoor easy oven conversion directions allow sensational and simple grilling year-around.


The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook: Over 80 Recipes, Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot!

Nadine Horn, Jörg Mayer

A collection of barbecue recipes from the 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.