“Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures,” by Simone Klabin, edited by Julius Wiedermann. Taschen.
Butchery in France, the principles of molecular gastronomy, the health benefits of sweet cherries and everything you need to know about chewing gum, all represented in fun visuals that often double as art in and of themselves. Some are historical, others comical. Many may also be useful in the kitchen or at the bar. $70 ( Amazon ).
“Pantone Foodmood,” edited by Guido Tommasi. Guido Tommasi Publishing/ACC Distribution.
Drawing inspiration from the color experts at Pantone, these dishes urge home cooks to create with their eyes. Recipes are organized by color and each color is characterized by mood. Yellow includes mango pudding with panna cotta. Purple is beet and pumpkin ravioli. Savory asparagus tarts represent for green. $50 ( Amazon ).