As a food stylist, Mariana Velásquez knows her way around cookbooks—she’s worked on plenty for James Beard award-winners and, oh, for Michelle Obama, in addition to writing three of her own. She’s also got a whole wall of her home dedicated to the ones she’s constantly reaching for when she needs dinner ideas or visual inspiration. “Cookbooks are compendiums of knowledge and research. I find them so valuable both as a stylist and as someone who loves cooking,” shares Mariana. “I open up a cookbook when I’m looking for specific or different ingredient combinations.” Below, five of her most dog-eared copies.