Hot and Hungry? Check out these 6 resources for Outdoor and No-Heat Cooking

It’s that time of the year, when you’d rather be hungry than turn on your oven. Luckily, you can turn to the library for ideas to keep your home cool and your belly full. Read on for mouthwatering meal inspiration – whether cooked outdoors over an open fire, a grill, or simply not cooked at all!

Summer Cooking: Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Picnics, Patios, Grilling and More (on Hoopla) is a one-of-a-kind guide for preparing delicious food that perfectly complements these warm summer days. Curated from the Chicago Tribune’s extensive database of kitchen-tested recipes, this collection of portable appetizers, quick salads, grilled entrées, creative sides, and refreshing cocktails are ideal for anywhere the summer season takes you…giving readers plenty of recipes that don’t need the oven, can be made outdoors or inside, and use fresh seasonal ingredients.

Good Housekeeping Ultimate Grilling Cookbook (on OverDrive) Along with everything from shellfish, pizzas, and meatless mains to sauces and marinades, this ultimate grilling cookbook provides a primer on basic skills, plenty of proven tips from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, and ideas for variations and potential pairings to create the perfect meal.

Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave.

The Everyday Gourmet: Master Outdoor Cooking course (on Kanopy) Steak. Asparagus. Pineapple. On a pleasant day when family or friends are near, nothing beats firing up the grill for a great meal. Not only can the grill provide a savory seared crust on a juicy steak or add smoky flavor to some barbecue chicken, the grill can also enhance salads, side dishes, and a variety of meats beyond your traditional hamburgers and hot dogs.

Eating Well magazine (on Flipster) Check out the July/August issue for 50+ summertime recipes, with a focus on burgers, melon salads, and new ways to cook zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes!

Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day (on OverDrive).  From creative salads to spicy burritos to chocolate mousse, every recipe will broaden your raw-food horizons. Complete with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and side dishes, Raw Food is an innovative approach to a wholesome way of eating.

Saladish (on Hoopla) A ‘saladish’ recipe is like a salad, and yet so much more. It starts with an unexpectedly wide range of ingredients, such as Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves. It emphasizes contrasting textures-toothsome, fluffy, crunchy, crispy, hefty. And marries contrasting flavors-rich, sharp, sweet, and salty. Toss all together and voilà: an irresistible symphony that’s at once healthy and utterly delicious.