If someone out there is looking for something to get me for my birthday (nov. 25th ;) you might consider this- a very cool cookbook that catches us up on the latest techniques and still considers the classic approaches to food.
It is the brainchild of the first chief tech officer of google (a smart and well to do guy). So budget wasn't really an issue . . . they bought two of every machine they used, one for cooking and one for cutting in half. It uses special ink on special paper and the extra recipe book is printed on waterproof/cleanable paper. It'll run you about 480 clams. . . you could get it here.
These videos are definitely worth watching.