Recipes of the World
Great concept of fusing recipes with a summary of the country, culture and people. It's like taking a vacation from your chair, like all good books that transport you to a different world and introduce you to new characters.
This series is called "Authentic Recipes Celebrating the Foods of the World". For example, the London book has a recipe for stilton & leek pie and introduces that famous english cheese. The New York book has a recipe for the original waldorf salad from Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Fun read and really interactive.
I also found this one particular book on Greece by publisher Culinaria Konemann. It provides some educational content in terms of history of the regions, cooking methods and produce with recipes. A bit heavier in content, it also provide a pictorial compilation of say all the street foods or all the different species of produce (e.g. grapes, olive oil).