1. Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop
    Also known as the hardest title/name to spell properly. There is a story about how the fishermen teach the birds to catch the larger fish that are further out to sea. In exchange they give them the more palatable bait sized fish for their consumption.
  2. The Cook & the Gardener by Amanda Hesser
  3. Burma by Naomi Duguid
    Her first book on her own. She's a genius for recreating recipes. She uses her own senses and memory to write recipes she has had on her travels.
  4. Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros
    It's also the most beautiful
  5. Arabesque by Claudia Roden
  6. Neue Cuisine by Gutenbrunner
    Old Vienna in a book
  7. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
    Warm Parisian tales of an expat living in France along with solid approachable recipes.
    Suggested by @eatthelove
  8. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi
    Way more than a gorgeous cookbook, Ottolenghi deserves all the praise he got for this book that explores the culture of a vibrant city through the lens of food and cuisine.
    Suggested by @eatthelove
  9. Charcutería, the Soul of Spain by Jeffrey Weiss
    The first book (that I know of) that comprehensively covers the art of Spanish style charcuterie, with an exploration of the history of cured meat in Spain. Fascinating read!
    Suggested by @eatthelove
  10. Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
    Japanese food is way more than just sushi, ramen and teriyaki. The author, an American ex-pat living in Japan and married to a farmer showcase Japanese food and culture in a way few Americans know or think of it.
    Suggested by @eatthelove
  11. Made in Italy / Made in Sicily by Georgio Locatelli
    Two amazing books that got acclaim and praise, totally justifiably. Beautiful photos and recipes that delve deep into the culture of both areas.
    Suggested by @eatthelove
  12. Yolele! By Pierre Thiam
    Suggested by @seantimberlake
  13. My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino
    Suggested by @seantimberlake
  14. Kokkari by Erik Cosselman
    Suggested by @seantimberlake
  15. Cradle of Flavor by James Oseland
    Suggested by @seantimberlake