|Green bin decorated with lemons, hydrangeas, banana and cage free eggs|
|Green bin with peach, artichoke flower, lavender and mint|
In my cookbook collection, I found my favorite summer volume, Summer Food by Judith Olney, published in hardcover by Atheneum in 1978. Mrs. Olney is the sister-in-law of Richard Olney, patron saint of Chez Panisse and author of such classics as The French Menu Cookbook and Simple French Food. He lived in Provence most of his adult life, and Judith Olney's many Provencal recipes reflect his influence. I always liked this book for its lovely use of herbs, flowers and garden-fresh vegetables, and I remember enjoying her recipes for warm potato salad and flower garden soup.