Very excited about Sandor Ellix Katz's book WILD FERMENTATION, recently featured in The New Yorker. (Love Burkhard Bilger who always seems to get away with writing in-depth queer culture pieces.)
Thomas Keller's THE FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK. As much a heavy and beautiful art book as a cookbook, this tome convinces me that a kickstarter drive for truffles is a must. I have/had big plans to go to Keller's famous Yountville restaurant this January for my 32nd birthday. Turns out they close for much of January for a winter holiday!