By Lindsey Olander
November 19, 2014
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Four new cookbooks bring the world to your table.

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon) is the credo of Massimo Bottura, who celebrates 20 years at the helm of Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, with this beautifully produced book of recipes, stories, and photographs.

In The Slanted Door (Ten Speed Press), Charles Phan pairs signature dishes such as wok-charred eggplant and bún riêu soup with meditations on tea, cocktails, and his revered San Francisco restaurant.

Margarita Carrillo Arronte’s encyclopedic Mexico: The Cookbook (Phaidon) includes more than 600 authentic and accessible recipes, including selections by Enrique Olvera, Alex Stupak, and other champions of the cuisine.

Heritage (Artisan), the coffee-table-ready cookbook debut by Virginia-born chef Sean Brock, tells the delectable story of the evolution of Lowcountry cooking.

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