If you don't have an optimal kitchen situation
Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!
by Chris Maynard & Bill Scheller
This is not a joke. OK, it's kind of a joke, but believe it or not, this groundbreaking guide for car-top cooking actually checks out. The only thing better than driving to the beach? Having a plate of Cajun-style shrimp with a side of stuffed bell peppers hot, ready, and fresh out the engine once you get there.
Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor from a Minimalist Kitchen
by Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo & Raquel Pelzel
Despite the title, this cookbook is surprisingly tasteful. Each of the 100 recipes is expertly written and a snap to follow, proving that all you need is one trusty pan, a little patience, and about half a brain to crank out impressive-sounding dishes like buttermilk-sage fried chicken and strawberry-rhubarb crisp.
Microwave Cooking for One
by Marie Smith
With over 300 microwave-only dishes, Marie Smith's Microwave Cooking for One is a gem for the oven-less. One look at the cover lady's Mao-inspired garb -- not to mention the bounty of meats, veggies, and pancakes (?) laid out before her -- and you just know you're in for a smooth, budget-conscious ride through nuke heaven.