Outdoor cooking season is nearly here, and May's cookbooks offer plenty to keep you and your grill going: guides on barbecue and cocktails, plus vegan cooking and the secrets of how to make killer Cambodian sandwiches.

Brooklyn Bartender: A Modern Guide to Cocktails and Spirits

By Carey Jones (Black Dog & Leventhal)

This heavily illustrated book contains 300 drink recipes, from twists on the classics to new inventions. It's right at the nexus of two spring trends: high end cocktail books and books that showcase Brooklyn as a culinary brand.

*Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

By Alexandra Stratou (Artisan)

Originally a self-published book funded with a Kickstarter campaign, Stratou's fun, personal take on Greek cooking mixes classic dishes with her own creations.

*Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

By Meathead Goldwyn (HMH/Rux Martin)

The founder of AmazingRibs.com applies scientific research and a sharp sense of humor to busting barbecue myths and helping home cooks achieve perfect ribs, brisket, and more.


Num Pang: The Cookbook: Bold Recipes from New York City’s Favorite Sandwich Shop

By Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz (HMH)

The line to get into any of the locations of this Manhattan mini-chain of Cambodian sandwich shops can spill out onto the sidewalk. Here, the guys who started it all show you how to make your own at home.

Peace & Parsnips: Adventurous Vegan Cooking for Everyone

By Lee Watson (The Experiment)

Watson joins the vegan-can-be-delicious cookbook movement and here sets out to prove that tasty vegan food isn't an oxymoron.

Project Smoke

By Steven Raichlen (Workman)

Barbecue guru Raichlen goes in-depth on smoking in his latest, covering the various types of smoking and offering 100 recipes. Like Meathead above, it's part of a new wave of barbecue books.

*Indicates a PW Top 10 Cookbook for Spring.