Some like it hot. This time of year, though, there's a huge difference between a hot kitchen and a hot beach. Somehow the latter inevitably wins out.
But that doesn't mean you can't plot your future kitchen adventures while soaking up some rays. In fact, the new Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book is such a drool-worthy read that you'll be eager to get yourself to an oven, pronto.
Packed with 175 recipes and tons of those unbelievably pretty photos that we've come to expect from Martha, it's the kind of book that'll get your ideas flowing.
Who knows -- maybe you can even start early planning for a Halloween party just as an excuse to make the adorable "Creepcakes," or invite a dozen friends over just to treat them to some lavender-iced brownie cupcakes. Every page is a pleasure to look at.
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Beach Bites looked at The King of Vodka yesterday. Get ready for Cooking Dirty in tomorrow's installment.