“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers” wrote 16th-century English poet Thomas Tusser. Those famous words remind us that while April is a month known for rain and a lingering chill, it also is a time when we stand on the brink of beauty and life in bloom, once again.

Indeed, April is beloved for its possibilities. The last frost of winter ends this month, making it the perfect time to plant seedlings. Easter and Passover celebrations are imbued with themes of renewal for many. And April is also National Brunch Month!

Here, we shower you with 10 April recipes that make the month merry. From our favorite Easter brunch ideas, Passover specialties, and delicious weekday dinners, each captures the feeling of fresh, unbridled, springtime joy. Let it rain…recipes!

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Theresa Gambacorta is a freelance food writer, a veteran of New York City restaurants, and cookbook co-author to chef Joey Campanaro's Big Love Cooking (Chronicle) and James Beard-nominated chef Nasim Alikhani's Sofreh: A Contemporary Approach to Classic Persian Cuisine (Knopf). She is currently working on a forthcoming vegan cookbook to be published by Simon Element.

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