While I'm talking about cooking, I have to recommend my favorite cookbook of all-time: The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler. I use this wonderful cookbook all the time. It's filled with really good stuff: a roasted portobello mushroom recipe that takes less than five minutes of prep (and less than 30 minutes total) that will knock your socks off, tarts, salads, soups, even dessert! I've made probably 50% of the recipes and only one was lackluster (probably user error). If you're looking to spice up your cooking repertoire, I strongly recommend this book.