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All-American Summer

Culture Watch

Summer reads are known to be light, beach-bag-friendly and easily digestible. But this season there’s one new book—that although thoroughly digestible—will have us breaking our summer reading rules with pleasure.

"The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History" is the latest tome out from the Lauren family. Ricky Lauren presents a sweeping portrayal of the Hamptons lifestyle, as seen through 40 years of family history that’s entwined with the region. Lauren shares more than 130 healthy, fresh seasonal recipes accompanied by lush, colorful photographs by Ann Stratton that illustrate the family's experiences in rich detail.

The 255-page book, published by Wiley, is equal parts cookbook, history lesson and lifestyle celebration. "The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History" is organized into four distinct sections based on the areas within the Hamptons the family has lived: Southampton, Amagansett, East Hampton and Montauk (where they currently reside). And then within those sections are chapters divided into breakfast, lunch, starters, dinner and dessert. There’s also a generous helping of Hamptons history within each section, so you can impress your dinner guests with your cooking and your Hamptons trivia!

What’s more, the recipes are straightforward, easy and dare we say effortless summer favorites. And for a little insider glam quotient, we learn from the book which Lauren prefers which dish. (David has a fondness for soup and Ralph has an intense love of Nana’s Rum-Laced Brownies and Ricky’s corn muffins.)

Available at Ralph Lauren, Bal Harbour.

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