I don't know if you'd remember Consuming Passions. It was on tv years ago, in five-minute snippets, like Pingu, at 5:55 pm or some such time between half-hour shows. Ian Parmenter is the charmingest, daggiest man, with the coolest hair. At least he was then. I don't know what he's doing now.
A few years ago at home I discovered that we had a Consuming Passions cookbook. It has become one of my favourites, and nobody else has ever used it that I can tell. From it I have made homemade herb/ricotta ravioli with sage butter (DELICIOUS!!) and, a few times, a pear and almond flan, among other things. There isn't much in it that I don't want to make.
Check out the website. It's sort of devoid of pictures, and a bit out of date, but the recipes are great. He knows his stuff. And be sure to read the section 'About Consuming Passions'. :)