My ultimate favorite is “Recipes from an Italian Summer”. Not sure who the author is, but the publisher is INCREDIBLE! It’s called Phaidon. Highly recommended for fresh and vibrant recipes!
As for home-ish desserts, “The complete Magnolia Bakery cookbook” is wonderful.
Also, if you’re serious about cooking (also for fun and learning!) I recommend you to get Larousse Gastronomique.. Amazing book and highly informative!