Food isn’t meant to just be fuel. It should be a sensual experience, as carefully planned and anticipated as a really hot date. If you’ve gotten stuck in a food rut, these four cookbooks are going to get you out of it, and fast. Not only are these cookbooks chock full of unique recipes from diverse culinary influences, their authors go beyond your next meal and immerse you in the culture surrounding these eats. Even if you’re not known for being adventurous in the kitchen, these cookbooks provide plenty of other food for thought, from personal stories and historical context to nitty gritty how-tos and the fascinating science behind cooking. And we haven’t even mentioned the food porn yet, which comes in both illustrated and photographic forms! Gather your culinary equipment, prepare you mise en place, and get cookin’ already!