Page Street Publishing, (paperback), $21.99
In this love letter to barbecue, Hudson Valley native and owner of Handsome Devil BBQ Ed Randolph travels cross country, in perhaps the most delicious road trip of all time. Smoked paints an intimate portrait of America’s most beloved pitmasters and their trusty recipes. Full of wit, wisdom, and some truly wild stuff (a vegan barbecue joint??), Smoked is a testament to barbecue’s unifying power on our taste buds.
Chronicle Books, (hardcover), $29.95
Sarah Copeland, former food director of Real Simple, details how proper planning helped her rediscover her passion for cooking and realize that delectable dinners aren’t just a weekend ordeal. Her approach places emphasis on dynamic ingredients like oats, eggs, yogurt, greens and herbs, and cheese. Even better, only a handful of recipes exceed an hour of cooking time. You might still have to clock in on Monday, but when you clock out, at least you can eat like it’s Saturday.