Asha Gomez has the uncanny ability to bring different cultures together with care and ease. In her acclaimed cookbook My Two Souths, Gomez combined the cooking traditions of the American South (where she lives) and southern India (her homeland). In her follow-up, I Cook in Color, her influences expand to around the globe. This is a vibrant and exciting collection of recipes, from Japanese Eggplant with Peanut Sauce to Tandoori Masala Crawfish Boil, that will make you want to head right to the kitchen. — S.B.