New cookbooks are ready to help you take it outside:
Karen Adler and Judith Fertig's "BBQ Bash" (Harvard Common Press, $16.95) is a primer for throwing what the authors call a "be-all, end-all barbecue party." Tips include lighting suggestions, how to set up a bar, table settings and music, as well as plenty of grilling and other food prep tips.
Rick Rodgers' "Summer Gatherings" (William Morrow, $17.95) focuses on quick, seasonal dishes suitable for any excuse to eat outdoors. Appealing offerings include dried apricots stuffed with goat cheese and hazelnuts, as well as how to do a clambake in a stockpot.