There's nothing quite as relaxing as spending your summer afternoons in the kitchen or at the grill, cooking up a storm. Better yet, cooking up some of your favorite dishes by Atlanta’s most esteemed chefs. Whether you purchase a copy for yourself or your loved ones, here’s a small roundup of our favorite chef’s cookbooks. Because who says you can’t be sous chef to the best of the best of ATL?

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Souper Jenny
Chef Jennifer Levison is best known by her delectable soups that can cure a bad day with a single spoonful. The head of Souper Jenny has two cookbooks that belong on your kitchen library, Souper Jenny Cooks and Souper Jenny Salads. The former has recipes on soups per season. Our favorite? The summer gazpacho. It’s incredibly refreshing. If you’re more of a salad fella, that’s OK because her salad book will convert even the most carnivorous person. Try the Kale Salad with shiitake mushrooms and miso dressing, it’s seriously delicious.

Pure Pork Awesomeness by Kevin Gillespie
Get excited about adding pork to all of your dishes with Gillespie’s cookbook. He goes over techniques and recipes from around the world that incorporate pork in exciting ways. From the South to Asia, you’ll find recipes like Coca-Cola Braised Pork Shoulder, Slow-Cooked Barbacoa and Vietnamese Spare Ribs. It also offers explanations about what part of the pig is used for what and other tips.

Atlanta Chef’s Table Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach
Maybe you can’t pick what kind of food you want? The Atlanta Chef’s Table Cookbook gathers up a host of talented chefs from downtown to Buford Highway. The book contains about 100 recipes from different restaurants, including Chai Pani, Serpas, and St. Cecilia, among others. St. Cecilia’s Spaghetti With Crab and Chilies is to die for, make sure to try it first.

Local Scout Muriel Vega is a lifetime resident of ATL and full-time authorian legend, as well as a pie enthusiast. She has a dog that may be a meme and really loves to travel. You can read more of her work at the website that she co-edits, Common Creativ ATL.