For the Armchair Traveler
Jerusalem: A Cookbook ($35) from veteran cookbook authors Yottam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (their other works Plenty and Ottolenghi are also must reads) will leave your friend jonesing for a trip to Jerusalem. In the meantime, she'll have ample ideas for how to re-create enticing Israeli and Palestinian fare at home.
Vij's: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine ($30) by Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij
Japanese Farm Food ($35) by Nancy Singleton Hachisu