Summer Recipes to Beat the Heat!

We’ve still got one more month of summer so now is the time to start really honing your culinary skills for cool treats and delicious eats before Labor Day. San Mateo County Libraries has an array of cookbooks, magazines, and videos to help you cool off during those hot days (and nights).


From refreshing salad recipes to creative ice cream how-tos, we’ve got books to help you make Instagram-worthy (not to mention delicious) meals for the end of summer.

Food52 Mighty Salads
When it’s hot out, the last thing you want to do is stand over a stove or turn on the oven. Cool, refreshing salads are a much better option and the recipes in this book go beyond basic iceberg lettuce and vinaigrette.

Around the World in 120 Salads
Get global with your salads! Try the refreshing Watermelon, Feta & Mint salad for a summer breakfast or the Mexican Beef Salad for your next outdoor potluck.

The Summer Table
Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. This cookbook provides summer-savvy recipes and menus to help you throw the season’s best party.

Mexican Ice Cream
New York City-based baker Fany Gerson created home cook-friendly ice cream recipes from her native Mexico. More than just a cookbook, Mexican Ice Cream explores the traditions and cultural aspects of preparing and eating the cold treat in Mexico.

Ice Cream Adventures
No blah vanilla in this cookbook! Take your ice cream game to the next level with over 70 recipes including flavors such as Sriracha Popcorn, Sage Chocolate Chip, and Indian Pale Ale (IPA).

Rosé All Day
Learn about the oh-so-trendy adult beverage of the summer: Rosé! This eBook provides a history of pink wine: from King Louis XIV’s goblets to present.


Checking out eMagazines is a great way to find some of the best summer recipes. You can easily print recipes so you can use them next year as well. Watch these videos to learn more about checking out magazines on Flipster, opens a new window and Zinio, opens a new window. You can also check out physical copies of many of these magazines at your local branch!

Eating Well

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Have you tried Hoopla yet? Not only can you check out cooking-related eBooks, you can also stream cooking TV shows, opens a new window! If you've never used Hoopla before, make sure to watch our quick video, opens a new window on how to get started.

Cooking Hawaiian Style - Season 1
If you can’t vacation in Hawaii this summer, why not try watching Cooking Hawaiian Style? This cooking series celebrates the 50th state’s culinary culture. You can watch over 60 episodes and learn how to make treats such as guava chiffon cake, fried saimin, macaroni salad, fried rice, and triple coconut cheesecake.

Lyndey Milan's Baking Secrets
Lyndey Milan is a culinary star in Australia and has a number of baking shows in her home country. Now, American audiences can experience the home cook maven with Hoopla and San Mateo County Libraries.  Learn how to make delicious summer desserts to bring to your next get together.

What recipes are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments.