One of the things that I gave up when I went expat was my vast library of cook books & cooking magazines, I probably had over 100 books & decades worth of magazines.
I love to read recipes and somehow it take away some of my apatite. I don't have any favorites as far as deserts vs main dishes and I read about the same number of both. Now I rely on the internet but its not the same as having the real thing in your hands.
One of the hardest things to adapting to expat life is that so many ingredients that we call standard and are so used to being able to get just don't exist in foreign countries, especially 3rd world countries. But part of the fun is learning the local cuisine and how to use the local ingredients.