The July/August issue of Cook's Illustrated is educational and interesting as always. They have some good instructions for freezing summer produce and perfecting a pasta caprese. They also rate garlic presses, choosing the Kuhn Rikon 2315 ($34.99) as their best buy. More summer recipes and tips abound, including grilled chicken breasts and garlic potatoes, authentic Texas brisket, and ways to make really good lamb gyros at home (pan-fried lamb patties get the best taste). Rustic plum cake and blueberry scones round out the tested recipes - this issue is definitely worth picking up!
Unlike Cook's Illustrated, most of Food & Wine's July issue is available online. They are looking at their picks for Best New Chefs, but that doesn't leave us home cooks out - there's lots of interesting tips and inspiring articles, like this one on translating art to the plate. They also take a look at 25 Great Burgundies. In the recipes, we'd like to try the Tarragon Lemonade, Sour Cherry Turnovers with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chorizo Olive Burgers with Fried Egg. If you're looking for summer recipe inspiration definitely check this issue.