I lived abroad (in China) for over eight years. During that time I learned how to cook a lot of foods from scratch because if I wanted to eat them, that was the only way I would get them. I learned that your own stomach is a great motivator in the kitchen!
When I would come to America to visit, I was disappointed to find that most of the cookbooks really wouldn't work abroad especially in a developing nation such as China. Why? Because in developing nations, there are few prepackaged and convenience foods. Most foods are whole foods -- grains, fruits, vegetables, meats. (Take a look at the Chinese wet markets where I shopped.) Overseas, the cook has a much greater burden in food preparation.
But over the years, I discovered three cookbooks that became favorites. If you are living abroad or moving abroad and still want to eat like you did at home, you will need these cookbooks.