, Title: The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell (Kyle Books, $16.95, 178 pages)
Generally speaking: This is a great cookbook for campers and the like. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets and more. The downside is that some of the recipes are written in paragraph form rather than the traditional ingredient list and directions. This makes it difficult to make sure you have all your ingredients and that preparation and cooking times are correct. Mistakes are more likely to happen with this format.
For: Campers, boaters, RVers and anyone cooking in a small space, possibly over an open fire. Not to worry if camping isn't your thing, because many of the recipes will work on your backyard grill.
Recipes: Hot smoked salmon rolls, Syrian grain soup, Spanish toast, Andy Warhol chicken stew, cowboy coffee beef, oysters with garlic butter, summer pudding for campers, tumbet, goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, salted popcorn, crispy duck hash, butterflied leg of lamb, hot dog goulash, French toast, ginger cake, smoky zucchini salad and peach crumble.
Special equipment: Bell, the author, covers the different types of grills or stoves that campers may be using and includes an icon next to the recipes to show what heat source is best for that recipe. She does a great job explaining the necessary camping equipment, which makes this a good choice for novice campers.
, Title: Just Married & Cooking: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating and Entertaining Together by Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione (Scribner, $30, 323 pages)
Generally speaking: With wedding season in full swing, this cookbook would make a nice gift for the happy couple. Pair it with some kitchen utensils or a small appliance like a blender or food processor. Including it in a kitchen themed gift basket is another idea.
For: Couples that enjoy cooking together. You don't need to be newlyweds.
Recipes: Shrimp and pineapple skewers, cucumber and buttermilk soup, Italian sausage pitas with feta and watercress, chicken and mushroom burgers, strawberry layer cake, fried okra, grilled zucchini with mint pesto and pecans, summer peach press, red snapper ceviche, corn salad, crustless quiche Lorraine, blackberry tequila sunrise, lemon icebox pie, butternut squash cake, pork chops with bourbon and prunes, beefy Southwestern chili and chicken simmered with tomatoes, peppers and pancetta.
, Title: At My Grandmother's Knee: Recipes and Memories Handed Down by Women of the South by Faye Porter (Thomas Nelson Publishers, $24.99, 278 pages)
Generally Speaking: You don't have to like Southern food to enjoy this cookbook. The touching memories that accompany each recipe show just how steeped in tradition Southern food can be. Grease-stained cookbooks and cast-iron pans are proudly handed down through the generations. There are many recipes that are truly Southern staples included in this collection.
For: Those not afraid to eat fried food every now and then. Many of the recipes are fried and, as is well known about Southern food, full of ingredients like butter, heavy cream and other not-so-healthy things. But that's what makes Southern food Southern . . . and delicious.
Recipes: Ham a la Mamie, Dixie meat loaf, Miss Clara's shrimp gumbo, busy-day pork casserole, creamed chicken on corn bread, steak and pan gravy, company casserole, garlic cheese grits, oyster loaf, tiny tea cakes, Sarah's chocolate pie, feel better cookies, cowboy cookies, Esther's pumpkin cake, rave-review cake, crab cakes, Southern green beans, spicy sweet potatoes, rhubarb crumb cake, Coca-Cola cake, jam layer cake and squash fritters.