Although you can find street snacks at many restaurants in the West, not all are good. These are reliably excellent places—some are traditionally Indian; some take a fresh, modern approach.
I’m one of those people who collect cookbooks. Hundreds of them line my bookshelves, ranging from a dog-eared copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking that I inherited–along with my love of food and cooking–from my grandfather to newer hits like L.A.-based Suzanne Goin’s “The A.O.C. Cookbook.”