IN MY KITCHEN: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by vegetarian cooking authority Deborah Madison presents 100 innovative recipes from her deep repertoire.  With vegetables moving front and center on many tables, it is important to have delicious recipes to entice family and friends.  Standouts include:  bulgur and green lentil salad with chickpeas and preserved lemon; roasted cauliflower with romesco sauce and a shower of parsley; eggplant gratin with a golden dome of saffron-ricotta custard; quinoa soup with spinach, corn, feta, and cilantro; and winter squash braised in pear or apple cider.

100% REAL: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh by Top Chef fan-favorite, Sam Talbot, is a book filled with 100 whole-food recipes and down-to-earth advice about clean eating. Chef Sam Talbot’s creative and innovative dishes are full of natural flavor and free of processed ingredients, questionable additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.  I like the beautiful photographs and the philosophy about using seasonal ingredients for making clean food that tastes great.  Favorites include: marinated melon with squash, ricotta, and arugula; easy cauliflower rice with roasted vegetables and chicken; Italian shrimp and grits with pancetta and heirloom tomatoes; zucchini noodles with fava beans, mint, and garlic; and blackberry shortcakes with almond cream.

PRIME: The Beef Cookbook by Richard Turner features over 150 creative beef recipes from all over the globe.  British chef Richard Turner devises some wonderful ways to cook beef in this hefty tome perfect for the barbecue season.  You can learn some wonderful ideas for grilling this August including beef satay; grilled flanken cut short ribs; umami cheeseburger; kimchi burger; and mustard fried onion burger.

FABIO’S 30-MINUTES ITALIAN: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick and Easy Recipes by famous chef and restaurateur Fabio Viviani is an easy bevy of easy recipes that are wonderfully innovative.  Fabio interjects stories from his Early life in Florence where he learned how to cook from his great-grandmother to his current life as a chef/owner in Chicago.  Favorites include mascarpone and ricotta-stuffed peaches with basil and aged balsamic; fettuccine with salmon, dill, and zucchini ribbons; polenta-crusted catfish and braised white bean salad; lemon-roasted chicken with avocado and warm artichoke hearts; and orange curd parfait.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 120 SALADS: Fresh, Healthy, Delicious by Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, owners of London’s Caldesi Restaurant and Caffè, proffer a wealth of salad combinations to inspire wonderful recipes for salads across the globe.  We all know that salads are healthful but sometimes we need to get inspired and the authors do that by creating such recipes as: avocado & arugula salad with balsamic strawberry & basil cashew dressing; peach & lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin; hot spicy shrimp meet cool cucumber salad; and asparagus with roasted tomato dressing & baked lemon ricotta.

THE SAVVY COOK by hit blogger and 20-something cooking star, Izy Hossack, aka “the new Nigella,” features a bevy of healthful recipes that are delicious.  Izy also stresses budget-conscious cooking with standout recipes including: curried tomato-coconut soup; lazy potato hash with kale, pesto & eggs; zingy carrot & rice noodle salad; and banana chocolate chip blondies.

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