By Adam Markovitz
December 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking
Françoise Bernard
Rizzoli, $29.70
This translation of the cookbook Cuisine 1,000 Recettes — best described as a French Joy of Cooking — gives English-language versions of timeless Gallic dishes, from the homey to the heavenly.

Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food for Great Times With Friends
Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless
Norton, $23.10
No nacho recipes here: The celeb chef’s guide to entertaining shows you how to spike your parties with authentic Latin flavor.

Flour: Spectacular Recipes From Boston’s Flour Bakery + Café
Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson
Chronicle, $18.49
Can’t get over to Boston to taste the confections at Chang’s famous Beantown bakery? Now you can make your own version of her beloved ”ooey, gooey caramel-nut tart.”

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo & Peter Meehan
Artisan, $16.47
The team behind the permanently mobbed NYC Italian restaurant spills its kitchen secrets in a beautifully bound volume sprinkled with charming hand-drawn artwork.

The Geometry of Pasta
Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy
Quirk, $16.47
There are no photos adorning the pages of this cookbook, just striking minimalist black-and-white illustrations of everything from star-shaped stellini to curly fusilli.

Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys
David Tanis
Artisan, $23.10
Tanis, a longtime chef at Berkeley’s renowned Chez Panisse, follows up his award-winning A Platter of Figs with another collection of seasonal recipes.

India Cookbook
Pushpesh Pant
Phaidon, $32.97
Put down that take-out menu: With the thousand recipes in this hefty, photo-packed book, you’ll be whipping up your own samosas and chicken tikka masalas from scratch in no time.

Tartine Bread
Chad Robertson
Chronicle, $26.40
Bread might be the final frontier for many bakers. But Robertson — who helms San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery — makes tantalizing loaves look downright doable with his detailed, plain-spoken instructions.

Thai Street Food
David Thompson
Ten Speed Press, $37.80
Chock-full of drool-worthy photos, this oversize 11”×13” book would look right at home on a coffee table. It’ll likely stay in the kitchen, though, once you start learning how to make exotic snacks like crunchy prawn cakes and banana fritters.

What to Cook and How to Cook It
Jane Hornby
Phaidon, $23.97
Do you prefer ”show” to ”tell” when it comes to cooking? Each step of the process — from chopping ingredients to adding that last garnish — gets a crisp, mouthwatering photo in this back-to- basics manual.

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