Always cook outdoors with a beer in hand. Any beer you have in the fridge will do. If you’re planning ahead, upgrade to a rosé. This summer, I opted for La Bastide Blanche. No matter the label, always buy the most recent vintage.
DOMAINE BASTIDE BLANCHE
Bandol Rosé, 2012
On the beach, I’m reading The Swerve: How The World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt and Incognito by David Eagleman. Better understanding a bit of history as well as my subconscious is just heady enough for a beach read.
The Swerve: How The World Became Modern
By Stephen Greenblatt
Jul 10, 2013
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Mario Batali’s Best of Summer Essentials
Since we can all agree there’s nothing that brings people together better than a great meal, hosting a great meal in the great outdoors is like having your cake and eating it too—but slathered in barbecue sauce.
For celebrity chef and Lifestyle Mirror guest editor Mario Batali, getting out of the kitchen and into the backyard is as exciting for him as it is for those who get to taste his award-winning creations.
“Summer grilling is as much about company and atmosphere as it is the food,” he says. “Or, almost as much.” And while summer signifies trips to the beach, short shorts, or new swimsuits for some, we’re with Batali in keeping a good meal as the top priority.
From the proper BBQ companion to the ultimate pre-dinner exercise, Batali curates his five best of summer essentials. Check out the slideshow above to shop his picks.