Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver). Undoubtedly the most entertaining and inspiring book about food I have read so far. READ THIS BOOK!
An Edible History of Humanity. On the hidden political, social and economic forces that are at work when you sit down for dinner. The ways in which food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.
The Belly of Paris (Emile Zola) - my current read. A maelstrom of food and politics in the newly rebuilt Les Halles market in Paris in the late 1800s. Descriptions so vivid you can smell what you are reading.
Como Agua Para Chocolate - Passionate, sensual and voluptuous magical realism. A novel about Tita, who discovers and invents a language of love through age-old family cooking traditions.
On my "to read" list, now made into a movie (which I haven't seen either, but on my "to see" list). Julie Powell, trapped in a dead-end job, vows to reclaim her life by preparing each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in the course of a single year.
An exploration of why humans share food, from chimpanzees to the TV dinner (back jacket)
Recommended to me by a new friend. I'm ordering it today!
Absolutely the most gorgeous book I've seen on food, organized by food groups with giant color pictures and explanations of each item. The section on spices, sauces, oils and condiments is especially fabulous. Highly recommendable
Gigantic tome which offers a panoramic view of the history of American gastronomy, organized in encyclopedia format.