truth be told, i am a bit of a cookbook junkie — but for a more civilized descriptor, let’s just say collector. cookbooks, especially those published by phaidon are just some of the best visual eye candy around, and yet they’re practical, too because in them you’ll also find wonderful recipes. i have too many phaidon cookbooks to list here, but these are just a few of my favorites — with my very favorite being mexico by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. with its laser-cut hot pink cover, i can only tell you the recipes beneath it are just as divine. and another fav is Vegetables from an Italian Garden — broken out Season-by-Season with Over 350 delicious vegetable recipes to cook throughout the year. dig in!