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The 10 Best summer cookbooks

Whether you're after a recipe for a spectacular salad or a brilliant barbecue, these have tasty ideas
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1. The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden

£25, penguin.co.uk

Roden's recipes are thoughtful, well researched and within the reach of most cooks. Seafood in saffron béchamel, anyone?

2. Friends at My Table by Alice Hart

£18.99, quadrille.co.uk

If you are looking for a guide to feeding big groups in an informal way, then it's worth checking out Hart's breezy book.

3. Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi

£25, absolutepress.co.uk

Here you'll find Momofuku's wittiest creations, such as cereal milk ice cream and crack pie, a confection of sugar and butter.

4. Food You Can't Say No To by Tamasin Day-Lewis

£20, quadrille.co.uk

Day-Lewis's style is all about simplicity, seasonality and a little eccentricity. Expect lots of cross-cultural summery dishes.

5. The Perfectly Tossed Salad by Mindy Fox

£12.79, kylebooks.com

With 100 recipes broken down by type (leaf, egg, beans and grains, fish, poultry and meat), this is the ideal summer picnic companion.

6. Mugaritz Cookbook by Andoni Luis Aduriz

£35, uk.phaidon.com

This weighty cookbook is lovely to own – even if you don't want to make potato stones or cook your carrots in clay every night.

7. The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

£20, penguin.co.uk

It is hard not to find at least something to like in Rachel Khoo's 120-recipe take on modern French cooking.

8. Warm Bagels & Apple Strudel by Ruth Joseph and Simon Round

£20, kylebooks.com

This hymn to Jewish food has 150 recipes. The "starters" section is particularly great.

9. Supper with Rosie by Rosie Lovell

£13.59, kylebooks.com

Lovell's down-on-the-farm-style book of light, easy-to-follow recipes is a delight. The hazelnut meringue is a particular delight.

10. The Art of Cooking with Vegetables by Alain Passard

£20, franceslincoln.com

Passard gives us 50 seasonal veg recipes from March's herb-filled peppers to December's chicory with orange peel.