This summer’s moveable feast of books includes fiction and nonfiction titles that offer recipes, shopping tips, memorable meals and a few kitchen disasters

Lisa Hanawalt, author of ‘Hot Dog Taste Test’     PHOTO: JEAN HO

Lisa Hanawalt, author of ‘Hot Dog Taste Test’ PHOTO: JEAN HO


For those who approach reading with a healthy appetite, here are seven books to try this summer.

Tess moves to New York in search of a richer existence and finds herself entangled in the sensual pleasures—and purveyors—of the restaurant world. Stephanie Danler’s anticipated debut, “Sweetbitter” (Alfred A. Knopf, May 24), bursts with gastronomic detail informed by her own front-of-house experiences in Manhattan.

Ina Yalof interviews the creative minds behind some of New York’s most celebrated cuisine for “Food and the City” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, May 31). Ghaya Oliveira recounts her rise from kitchen cleaner to executive pastry chef at Daniel, and the founders of Levain Bakery share their path to concocting the city’s most-coveted cookie.

Italian chef Marcella Hazan breaks down the basics in “Ingredienti: Marcella’s Guide to the Market” (Scribner, July 12). Ms. Hazan died in 2013, leaving behind an unfinished guide to ingredients, now completed by her husband, Victor Hazan.

A flambé gone awry has pastry chef Livvy Rawlings running from her job at a Boston dinner club for the simple life in small-town Vermont. There, her culinary skills draw her into the world of the Sugar Maple Inn and a high-stakes pie contest in Louise Miller’s cozy debut, “The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living” (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, Aug. 9).

Isabel Vincent remembers “Dinner with Edward” (Algonquin Books, May 24), the nonagenarian widower who invited her into his home for weekly meals and uncommon companionship. The chapters are marked by Edward’s menus, from buttery sirloin steaks and chocolate soufflé to oysters Rockefeller and tarte au citron.

Three former college bandmates, now Brooklyn neighbors, face midlife and their children’s coming-of-age in Emma Straub’s buzzy “Modern Lovers” (Riverhead, May 31). Struggling wives Zoe and Jane have two babies: Ruby, their teenage daughter, and Hyacinth, their restaurant, where Jane runs the kitchen and finds her respite.

Lisa Hanawalt’s smorgasbord of a graphic novel, “Hot Dog Taste Test” (Drawn & Quarterly, June 14), roasts food obsession in its many forms with a sometimes gross, sometimes charming collection of watercolors, sketches and comics. On her preholiday meal plan: 13 spoonfuls of juice and three inedible leaves.