by Tessa Kiros
(Andrews McMeel, $35)
Venezia: Food & Dreams, by award-winning food writer Tessa Kiros, is a book you can get lost in. Through its alluring photography, gilded design, and more than 100 authentic recipes, this book embodies Venice. It’s a place where humble polenta is revered and seafood is always a star, where you can whet your appetite with an assortment of small bites (cicchetti) or sate it with a multicourse meal. Whether you want to savor the city’s mysteries or its flavors, you’ll find satisfaction in these pages.