Thanks to all the hounds who offered suggestions. The general hound opinion favors an Asian cookbook to coincide with the Lunar New Year during this short month. I've managed to whittle down your many good suggestions to three.
Please cast your vote for ONE of the following:
-- HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
-- THE KEY TO CHINESE COOKING by Irene Kuo
-- LAND OF PLENTY by Fuchsia Dunlop
I'm going to leave this thread open for votes until midnight February 14, 2007. I'm trying to leave a little extra time for folks to explore these books-- they are very different, so take a look at them at a bookstore or library if you can before casting your vote.
Thanks for participating!