Some of my favorite books to buy are cookbooks with big pictures of colorful, delicious food. First I drool over the food then I try to reverse engineer the lighting and take note of the colors and the props in the foreground and background. For me, there's something very comforting in good food photography. I love it. And if you ever need a quick reference to some good food, go check out Food Network. I'm addicted.
Now that I've worked up an appetite, I'm going to make some pan-seared Mahi with spinach mashed potatoes (get the recipe here)... Thanks, Publix.