Kick Back with a Good (Cook) Book

Condé Nast House & Garden - - MANIFESTO -

While ev­ery­one else is low-brow­ing their way through Omarosa’s Un­hinged we’ll let you in on a se­cret: sum­mer’s best griplit is a cook­book. These tomes of­fer el­e­gant fare with a back­story to boot. Best en­joyed with a side serving of high com­fort (i.e. a killer out­door chair).

1 SUM­MER Book CLUB

Sure, they’re on the heavy side but you won’t want to put them down.

Sim­ple (Pen­guin Ran­dom House) As if you need any more con­vinc­ing other than ‘it’s Yo­tam’. Sim­ple is just that: low­main­te­nance, high-re­ward Mid­dle Eastern fare. Chicken and Char­coal (Phaidon) Matt Abergel pre­sents a master­class in grilling, yak­i­tori style. In­sight­ful and en­ter­tain­ing, it’s the last word on chicken skewers. The Mod­ern Cook’s Year (Fourth Es­tate) Even if you never cook a sin­gle dish from Anna Jones’s vege­tar­ian bi­ble (you will, don’t worry), it’s the kind of pretty that makes you won­der, does this book be­long in a kitchen or on a cof­fee ta­ble? A Very Se­ri­ous Cook­book (Phaidon) As in, very se­ri­ously cool. New York food duo Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske take you through their cre­ative process.

2 PULL UP IN STYLE

The best seat in the house is out­side so in­vest in a chair that says style and com­fort: the co­bra hood.

Chan­nel your in­ner In­dia Hicks with a wide-backed chair that trans­forms your out­door space into a Ba­hamian es­cape. Key to the look: a nat­u­ral fi­bre such as rat­tan (or at least rat­tan in ap­pear­ance) ex­e­cuted in a loose weave. And a se­ri­ously comfy cush­ion; you’re go­ing to be here a while.

‘FLA­MENCO’ CANE PA­TIO CHAIR IN NAT­U­RAL, R8 500, shf

‘LUSSO’ HIGH-BACK CHAIR, R10 898 (SPECIAL OR­DER ONLY), mobelli

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