5 Cookbooks for Travelers

Certain foods - like songs - instantly transport me to a time and place. A fresh tomato tart with a crunchy butter crust will always remind me of a weekend in Provence with our Parisian friends. Meringue with fresh berries and mint reminds me of my sister-in-law, baking away in her charming cottage outside of London. Blueberry cake? Prague. Chocolate truffles? Brazil. Corn on the cob? Indiana - duh. :)

That's why I love cookbooks. To remind me - or introduce me - to the flavor of a place.  Plus, some cookbooks are so damn gorgeous they just beg to be owned. Here are the 5 cookbooks I'm asking for this Christmas...