Successful cooking on the Fourth of July needs only meet a few requirements. It needs to not heat up the kitchen too much, it needs to satisfy a crowd, and it needs to allow ample time for socializing (read: drinking a dozen beers) with your guests. Here, our picks for celebrating this Independence Day in style:
Fourth of July Recipe Roundup
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My first memories of cooking start in Maine at six years old, when I wore a yellow rainslicker to avoid getting spattered by the bacon I was frying in a skillet. You can see more of my writing and photography online in regular contributions to the LA Weekly, Serious Eats, and the Huffington Post, as well as in print for Downeast, Indulge, and Cigar Snob magazines.