ImageHard to believe it’s that time of year again…but the summer cookbooks are arriving in their legions! and no one’s more excited than me.

The NPR summer roundup will be running right around Memorial Day, and I’m hard at work sorting, testing, and hunting for finalists.  So far I’ve isolated about 5 of my top 10.  But the field is still wide open!

This year, in a first for summer roundup, I will be issuing a shortlist as well as the top 10 list.  That means you’ll be able to look here for a wide variety of specific recommendations for the best new cookbooks to give new graduates, parents, hosts at summer parties, new roommates, and just about any other food-loving reader you can imagine.

Watch this space!