The best restaurant cookbooks have the ability to capture a dining experience, not only through its recipes but through tone, design, and the chef's voice. In a way these cheffy cookbooks act as much as actual cookbooks as they do dining mementos, preserving a truly memorable meal after you pay the check.
This year we've seen some truly remarkable restaurant cookbooks. These five are as unique and beautiful as the restaurants that inspired them. They make absolutely fantastic gifts for friends, particularly the ambitious home cook-types who already have every other cookbook.