You no doubt enjoy pasta with some regularity — but do you know where this versatile, yet simple culinary staple comes from? In The Perfect Shape + The Perfect Sauce = The Geometry of Pasta ($17) you'll find everything you didn't know you didn't know about pasta. Beginning with the basics (an introduction to ingredients, recipes for a few types of pasta and several sauces), the book dives deep into a huge range of pastas from A to Z. Each entry includes a brief history lesson, a detailed description, ideal sauce pairings, in some cases recipes for the pasta, and a black and white illustration.
There are few joys in life greater than partaking in delicious preserved meats — and it's with that pleasure in mind that we present to you In The Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pates, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods ($24). With 125 recipes for preparing meats, brought to you by the proprietors of San Francisco's legendary charcuterie, The Fatted Calf, you'll be able to make some of your favorites (and probably some things you've never heard of) right in your own home kitchen. They'll walk you through everything from preparing your kitchen, to selecting the right cuts, to the basics of butchering, to salting, curing, bringing, stuffing, and much more.
If a title like Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some ($24) doesn't get you a little bit worked up, we don't want to hear about it. This book presents 130 recipes for bold, Southern flavors broken down by cooking technique — with everything from slathering to smoking — accompanied by gorgeous photography and musical pairings downloadable on Spotify. Recipes range from pickled sweet potatoes to deep South ramen with a fried poached egg, and build on each other to tell the documentary-style story of Southern cuisine's influence on American eating.