What is a cookbook other than a ticket to travel? Each book takes you on a journey into a culture’s food, or the culinary world of the cook-writer. They are culinary maps into exotic lands. We use cookbooks for the recipes that are not familiar. For those that are not ingrained during our upbringing. Our familiar recipes are handed down through the family. We learn them through the community. A cookbook is almost always a guide to the tastes and techniques of another location; even if that location is only the town across the map.