Grill & Chill by the Water this Summer

By Kat La Mantia | May 30 2024 | AdultsGeneralAllBlog

Whether your vacation plans include lounging by the pool or planning the ultimate beach getaway, sharing good eats and good vibes by the water with friends and family is a summer staple!

If hotter weather makes you crave a poolside cookout featuring juicy ribs, tender brisket, sinfully delicious mac n cheese, and veggies grilled to perfection, check out some of our favorite barbecue bibles for budding grill masters like Big Moe’s Big Book of BBQ or the bestselling Franklin Smoke. For coastal vacationers spending a summer by the shoreline, Entertaining by the Sea is the go-to guide for hosting any seaside fête! Serve up a traditional clambake with Eventide, or savor the flavors of a more tropical locale with Aloha Kitchen. Top it all off with luau-inspired libations from Tiki Cocktails or Smuggler’s Cove for a sparkling summer celebration your guests won’t soon forget!

Click our title list below to explore more of our favorite picks for summer entertaining!

More Books for Summer Entertaining

Big Moe's Big Book of BBQ
75 Recipes From Brisket and Ribs to Cornbread and Mac and Cheese
Pit master Moe Cason shares 75 of his family-favorite recipes, from his beloved brisket to his world-famous mac-n-cheese.
$30.00 US
May 07, 2024
8 x 10
240 Pages
National Geographic

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ
Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook
In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.
$32.50 US
Mar 16, 2021
8 x 10
224 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Vegan Mob
Vegan BBQ and Soul Food [A Plant-Based Cookbook]
Discover more than 80 recipes for mouthwatering plant-based fusion food from the cult favorite Oakland BBQ joint Vegan Mob.
$30.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
8 x 9-1/2
240 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Franklin Smoke
Wood. Fire. Food. [A Cookbook]
The ultimate guide to live-fire grilling and smoking at home, with recipes that will have you cooking up meat, vegetables, fish, and more like a true Texas fire wrangler—from the James Beard Award–winning team behind the New York Times bestseller Franklin Barbecue.
$35.00 US
May 09, 2023
8 x 10
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Smuggler's Cove
Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
From the perennially popular and critically adored San Francisco bar Smuggler's Cove, an illustrated history of tiki and rum culture in America, with 100 recipes for tiki and rum-based cocktails, including the Mai Tai, Fogcutter, Singapore Sling, and more.
$30.00 US
Jun 07, 2016
7-7/16 x 9
352 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Tiki Cocktails
180+ dreamy drinks and luau-inspired libations
Immerse yourself in a paradise of flavors with this spirited book of more than 180 tropical cocktails.
$24.95 US
Jul 09, 2024
5-1/3 x 7-3/5
264 Pages
Smith Street Books

Pretty Simple Cocktails
Margaritas, Mocktails, Spritzes, and More for Every Mood and Occasion
Indulge in 65 deliciously dreamy cocktails and mocktails from the social media influencer behind Join Jules!
$24.99 US
Jul 23, 2024
6-1/2 x 9
176 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails
Mixed Drinks for the Golden Age of Agave [A Cocktail Recipe Book]
Indulge your thirst for new ways to drink tequila and mezcal with this collection of 60+ recipes for agave cocktails from New York Times spirits writer Robert Simonson.
$18.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
5-1/2 x 8
176 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Entertaining by the Sea
A Summer Place
This inspirational tome is full of simple entertaining ideas for casual—big and small—summer get-togethers.
$50.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
7-3/4 x 10-1/4
240 Pages

Aloha Kitchen
Recipes from Hawai'i [A Cookbook]
From a Maui native and popular food blogger, this beautiful cookbook of 85 fresh and sunny recipes reflects the major cultures that have influenced Hawaiian food over time: Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean.
$30.00 US
Mar 26, 2019
7-1/2 x 10
240 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Recipes for Clambakes, Oysters, Lobster Rolls, and More from a Modern Maine Seafood Shack
Turn your kitchen into your own personal seafood shack and oyster bar with 120 recipes from the James Beard Award-winning restaurant that personifies the allure of Maine.
$30.00 US
Jun 02, 2020
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
272 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea
Oysters are in! Sustainable farming, oysters on restaurant menus, and fresh oysters in grocery stores all contribute to the heightened profile and demand for these delicious bivalves. From San Francisco up to British Columbia, the Pacific Coast produces one-third of the nation's oysters, producing both delicious varieties and recipes for enjoying the local crop.
$22.95 US
Dec 05, 2023
6-3/4 x 8
160 Pages
Sasquatch Books