Great books for cooks

Claridge’s: The Cookbook is a must whether you’re hosting a meal for 100 or simply looking to make is a delight whether you’re cooking for 100 or making a treacle tart for one. Filled with recipes, essays and stunning photographs (like their signature teapots, above) from the famed luxury hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair district beloved since 1856. ($40, Octopus Books)

On a more modern front, the new State Bird Provisions encapsulates the essence of one of San Francisco’s hottest eateries. ($40 Ten Speed Press)