Watermelon and Red Birds, the first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, exudes joy and festivity. Through her wonderful stories and recipes, Nicole Taylor tells the history of the holiday and of the all-day cookouts and gatherings surrounding it, from its earliest years to the present day. The fantastic recipes range broadly, from spice blends to drinks, salads to barbecue, ice cream to cakes. I can’t wait to try the Peach Jam & Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs, Green Beans, Summer Peas & Corn Salad, and Roasted Nectarine Sundae. Truly a vivid and delicious ode to freedom! —S.B.