Books That Cook: 'Off the Eaten Path,' 'Guy Gourmet' and more

Published June 25 2013

TITLE: Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings by Morgan Murphy (Oxmoor House, $22.95, 271 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: With cheaper airfare and expensive gasoline, the summer family road trip has gone by the wayside. The new Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings cookbook may just inspire you to load the family and head out on the road. This cookbook will take you along less-traveled roads to eateries that should be considered national treasures. Travel the from Florida to Washington, D.C., to Oklahoma and so many in between. There's even a stop at Clearwater's own Frenchy's.

FOR: Any food lover. There is such a mix of recipes included in this cookbook there is surely something for everyone.

RECIPES: Chicken and the Egg's "cherry cola float" chocolate cake a la mode, Mandina's "turtle" soup, Windy Corner artichoke fritters, Godsey's kicken' chicken sandwiches, the Trappe Door's carbonnade a la flamande, Grady's sweet lemonade, Lasyone's red beans and rice, Best Buns ginger crinkle cookies, the Black Sheep peanut butter pie, Papermoon sausage bread pudding, Kartchner's bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and the Homestead's famous granola.

TITLE: Guy Gourmet: Great Chefs' Amazing Meals for a Lean & Healthy Body by Adina Steiman and Paul Kita with the editors of Men's Health (Rodale, $24.99, 320 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Great chefs like Tyler Florence, Marcus Samuelsson and Rick Bayless share healthy recipes geared for guys. The plethora of recipes (more than 150) in this cookbook is sure to appeal to a wide variety of people (even women). There are recipes for the grill as well as oven and stovetop. The recipes aren't the only great thing about this cookbook. It's also educational. There are sections called master class that guide you through making staples like meatballs, pasta and more. This is a cookbook that will inspire you to cook.

FOR: Guys living a healthy lifestyle who also want to make great dishes to impress others in their lives.

RECIPES: New Orleans jambalaya, better'n Mom's tomato soup, meal-in-a-bowl beef soup, balsamic lamb chops, potato salad with arugula and bacon, campfire fish, chipotle sweet potato fondue, sea bass with asparagus, ice cream affogato, pear-stuffed pork roast, Asian dumpling bowl, orzotto with burst tomatoes, caramelized onion dip, warm goat cheese salad and fried egg and Korean BBQ wings.

TITLE: The New Wine Country Cookbook: Recipes from California's Central Coast by Brigit Binns (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $35, 304 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: The allure of California's wine country is appealing to many. If you are a foodie, you will most likely enjoy this recipe collection. Sometimes when you look at cookbooks you find many recipes you've seen before like cedar planked salmon, roasted chicken, etc. You would be hard-pressed to find recipes like those included in this book. If you're looking for something different, you've found it.

FOR: Experienced cooks with an adventurous palate. The mere recipe names can be intimidating to the average cook. If you are really good at following directions, you may want to give these recipes a try.

RECIPES: Raw oysters with saffron and sauvignon blanc granita, pancetta-wrapped salmon with pistachio-brown butter vinaigrette, black olive and pine nut biscotti, seared and braised feta-stuffed chicken thighs with white wine and green olives, red wine risotto with scallops and bacon, grilled lobster with syrah butter and orange sea salt, salt-baked snapper, warm sausage and potato salad, late-harvest moscato panna cotta with candied kumquats, chianti-style braised beef over buttered noodles and leek, asparagus and thyme flatbread.