From making gorgeous bakery-worthy layer cakes or retro chic cocktails to whipping up vegan and vegetarian dishes even carnivores will love, our picks for the Best Cookbooks of the Year So Far have something for everyone, I would venture. The full list is 20 books but here are the top six, including our number one: Meathead: The Great Science of Barbecue and Grilling. Why Meathead? Because it's got Food Lab-style science, down-home barbecue know-how, and an explanation of the three ways outdoor heat is transferred that sounds more like Barry White than barbecue. This is THE cookbook if you like meat and want to rock the grill this summer....
Here are a handful of the other top cookbooks of the year so far:
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