French writer Marianne Paquin's Table for Two is devoted entirely to gastronomic pleasure for couples.

The recipes — such as Tagliatelli in Cream with Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Pistachios, Olives and Parma Ham, or Strawberry Soup with Mascarpone and Pink Sugar — are inspired and exciting but also sensibly grounded and definitely delicious. Whatever the season or occasion, think about using this book next time you set the table for two.