It is time to begin getting back into shape for summer and LEON: FAST & FREE – Free-From Recipes for People Who Really Like Food by Jane Baxter & John Vincent is chock full of 150 recipes from the healthy UK restaurant chain, Leon.  The restaurant’s motto is “good food that is good for you,” applies here with lots of recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free but quite innovative.  Standouts include squashed corn cakes; grilled octopus salad; lamb, fig & walnut tagine; truffle parsnip fries; and griddle peaches with cashew cream.

THE COMPLETE MEDITERRANEAN COOKBOOK: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchens is a wonderful way to look to the Spring and healthful eating.  The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well-documented, and this wonderful compendium of innovative recipes can help jump start your way to healthful eating this year.  The recipes are easy to prepare and inspiring, accompanied by beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions.  Standouts include: Greek white bean soup; zucchini ribbon salad with shaved Parmesan; Provençal braised hake; chicken tagine with chickpeas and apricots; and orange polenta cake.

SAVOR: Scrumptious Soups to Fulfill & Fortify by Amber Locke is a charming small cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes, plus extra toppings and twists to take your vegetarian soup-making to a new plateau.  The pictures are beautiful and the recipes are innovative and easy-to-prepare including: curried greens & coconut soup; broccoli & lemon soup; purple potato soup; speedy pea soup; and three tomato soup.

DISHING UP THE DIRT: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons by the creator of the popular farm-to-table blog Dishing Up the Dirt, Andrea Bemis, features more than 100 innovative recipes arranged by the season.  The recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods, with wonderful short essays about the real life of a farmer.  The mouth-watering recipes are beautifully photographed and include such standouts as: miso & honey-glazed radishes; burst tomatoes & cashew ricotta tartine; chicken & turnip salad with grape tarragon dressing; hoisin-glazed Brussels sprouts; and sweet potato tart with hazelnut oat crust.

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