We know it’s all too easy to rely on old standards for the appetizers, sides and desserts in your Memorial Day plans. Why risk a flop when you’re feeding a crowd? So we’re officially vouching for these recipes, culled from new spring and summer cookbooks. They’re a little different and thoroughly delicious. We’ll give away these featured cookbooks at the end of our Free Range chat on Wednesday: live@washingtonpost.com.

— Bonnie S. Benwick

Recipes:


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S’more Better Dip


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Fresh Fruit Salad With Celery Seed Dressing


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Dilled Potato Salad With Smoked Trout


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Warm Parmesan Pound Cake With Whipped Mascarpone, Raspberries and Basil Sugar