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Like fireworks on the Fourth of July, relaxing country weekends are an American summertime tradition and no newspaper knows better how to enjoy them in style than The New York Times. For decades, its food pages have featured recipes perfect for leisurely get-away weekends.  Now, many of the finest have been gathered by best-selling cookbook editor Linda Amster in The New York Times Country Weekend Cookbook, a collection that is sure to please every weekend wayfarer. Here are fresh and delectable dishes showcasing the best ingredients that local farm stands and markets have to offer, presented in chapters tailored to every aspect of a long weekend in the country or at the shore: -The Cocktail Hour-Quick Suppers After a Long Trip.-Breakfasts and Brunches to Start the Day-Lunches at the Beach, Near the Lake or on a Cool and Shady Back Porch-Dinner: The Main Event-A Visit to the Farm Stand-Back to the CityFrom  celebrated chefs and food writers like Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Mark Bittman, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Jean George Vongerichten and others comes a storehouse of wonderful weekend recipes: ginger chili shrimp; grilled pizza with a choice of mouthwatering toppings; sizzling porterhouse steak with herb salad; buttermilk roast chicken; corn on the cob with flavored butters; a simple and spectacular free-form fruit tart.

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