By Jeff Morgan
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $25.00, 204 pages

Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home is a cookbook that offers meals that are simple and fresh. The book is organized the same as a meal starting with fresh alcohol and non-alcohol drinks for summer fun then moving through appetizers, brunch, salads & soups and so on through desserts. On almost every page, a handy tip on preparing that recipe or event is presented for added success. California Club Quesadilla, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon or maybe an Avocado Turkey Burger; options abound with most all ingredients right in your kitchen or at your local grocery store. There’s no need to hunt down unique items at specialty stores. The French Toast with Oats and Coriander is a personal, and surprising new favorite!

The recipes are mouthwatering in and of themselves but the pictures accompanying the recipes add such a zest and flavor to the whole book, it would make a wonderful coffee table book or left out on the kitchen counter to peruse when you’re not sure what to make for dinner. Thanks to author Jeff Morgan, I have a new favorite cookbook and a whole new world of flavor-bursting meals to prepare!

M. Chris Johnson