You certainly shouldn’t judge a book by its cover -- but you can take the pulse of our food-crazed society by the cookbooks we read. Just as fashion, movies and politics shape culture, so too do what we eat and how we prepare it.

Whether you’re a page-staining Julia Child in the making or just like the way a glossy cookbook looks on your granite counter, it’s easy to see that culinary trends are embracing global cuisine, healthier eating and a swing toward the super-niche or super-nerdy.

Here’s what’s cooking for the coming year.