Am I the only one who sometimes finds following recipes (particularly in fancy European cookbooks) difficult? For my wedding shower, one of my mom's cousins gifted me a measurement conversion magnet, which has proven invaluable. But I remain on the hunt for other tips of the trade to help improve my kitchen preparation skills and results. This book is genius! Harold McGee's tips help you pick the perfect pepper and perfect cheese fondue! I'm adding it to my must-have list. Image via Cool Hunting.