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Books about Food [Moved from Not About Food board]

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I don't generally read that much, but in the past few years I have managed to work my way through heat and kitchen confidential. Currently, I am about to finish the Nasty Bits (also by Bourdain) and am looking forward to reading the man who ate everything series by jeffrey steingarten.

I wanted to open it up so people can debate and/or share their favorite books about food (not cookbooks) and maybe give me a few recommendations for where to go from here.

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  1. Check out Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. Wonderful descriptions of both Italy and the food she encounters and creates while living there.
    I just requested Barbara Kingsglover's Animal Vegetable Miracle from the library, as I have heard good things about it.

    1. see recent post...several fabulous recommendations...

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421871

      1. What sorts of books are you looking for? I have just read an interesting book called The Scents of Eden -Charles Corn which was all about the spice history and the horrors that went with it. Another favorite of mine is Stalking the Wild Asparagus -Euell Gibbons, that has little bits about wild food and is very fun. Another book I really liked was Fast Food Nation -Eric Schlosser which is more about the history of our fast food chains and some very interesting pieces. But maybe you are looking for a different kind of book?