Summer is basically over, but folks who are in denial may want to consider Ricky Lauren's fourth and latest book, The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History, an approachable, well-illustrated cookbook with recipes from the four distinct regions of the Hamptons: Southampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk.
In the book, Lauren brings readers iconic recipes that she has cherished together with her family over the years. She has lived in the four distinct areas of the Hamptons, and tells the story of her life as she shares recipes that have been passed down through the generations, as well as a few from chefs. There's a little bit of general history on the Hamptons, as well, but if you're reading this, it's the recipes which probably interest you most.
And in this area, Lauren does not disappoint. Don't miss her Blueberry Crisp, a product of her fond childhood memories of competitive blueberry picking with her aunt. Also delicious is a Cinnamon and Vanilla Challah French Toast; we all know fluffy challah makes the best French toast. And for the perfect way to end summer, throw your own classic New England-style clambake. It's an iconic (not to mention easy) way to feed a crowd at the beach.
The recipes are conveniently organized into meals in a recipe index in the back — breakfast, lunch, appetizers, mains, sides, and of course, desserts — so finding some inspiration should be a snap. Don't miss out on this fantastic cookbook; it's a definite winner that any avid cook would want to add to their collection.
Shrimp and Scallop Burgers
Imagine a cool, salty breeze blowing in off the ocean as you savor these burgers.
Ditch Plains Clambake
Nothing says summer in New England quite like a classic clambake.
An American classic doesn't get any easier than this.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.