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Get grilling with these New York-centric cookbooks

Grilling on the brain? You're in luck. Several meaty cookbooks from New York institutions are coming out just in time for spring barbecue season, so you can pick up some new tricks and recipe inspiration.

Bonus: We've also thrown in an ice cream cookbook for good measure, so you can have a cool, homemade dessert covered, too.

The Essential New York Times Grilling Book

As with all products from The New York
Photo Credit: The New York Times

As with all products from The New York Times, this new grilling book should give you peace of mind. The recipes can be counted on, and there are so many to pick from. The cookbook, edited by Peter Kaminsky and with recipes by noted food writers, cooks and NYT writers, are categorized by item to be grilled -- from lamb to poultry to pork. There's also an entire chapter on burgers, and another on marinades, rubs and sauces. Essential, indeed.

Available now for $24.95

Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook

Kansas City, North Carolina, Texas, Memphis -- whatever
Photo Credit: Virgil's Real Barbecue

Kansas City, North Carolina, Texas, Memphis -- whatever your style, Virgil's Real Barbecue has you covered. The Times Square barbecue joint's first cookbook, written by Chef Neal Corman and Chris Peterson, is chock full of tips and recipes of barbecue styles from around the country, as well as such sides, desserts and drinks as sweet potato pecan pie and sweet black tea. It's also geared towards homecooks of all levels, so both newbie grillers and experienced smokers can dig in.

Available now for $29.99

The Meat Hook Meat Book: Buy, Butcher, and Cook Your Way to Better Meat

For all the sustainable meat lovers out there,
Photo Credit: The Meat Hook

For all the sustainable meat lovers out there, this cookbook's for you. It's written by Tom Mylan, co-owner of the butcher shop the Meat Hook in Williamsburg, and is part-butchering guide and part-cookbook, filled with more than 60 recipes. You'll learn how to cut up a chicken as well as break down a pig, and how to create your own burger patty blends. It's a very photo-heavy cookbook too, so if you're a visual learner, pick this one up for sure.

Available May 20 for $37.50

Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop

Ready for dessert? Finish off those ribs and
Photo Credit: Ample Hills Creamery

Ready for dessert? Finish off those ribs and patties with two scoops of inspired ice cream with help from Prospect Heights’ Ample Hills Creamery. This isn’t just any cookbook, though — owners Jackie Cuscuna and Brian Smith have crafted what’s essentially a children’s book that focuses on different moods, like heartbroken and blissful, with illustrations by Laura Kaelin and recipes woven in. Learn how to make unique flavors such as Salted Crack Caramel and, for the adults only, Stout and Pretzels.

Available April 15 for $24.95

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