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If you were to choose *one and only one* nonfiction food read, what would it be?

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If you were to choose *one and only one* nonfiction food read, what would it be?

tatamagouche | Dec 12, 2008 01:10 PM

I know there are lots of threads on this subject, but they all make my head spin. There is simply an embarrassment of food writing these days, all with the exact same title: "Food Item A & Food Item B: A Search for Family/Meaning/Love in Exotic or Exotically Mundane Location X." Currywurst & Kugels: A German Jew's Search for Identity in Postwar Berlin. Chicken, Waffles, & Chicken & Waffles: Sunday Suppers at Granny Goo-Goo's Sugar Shack. Whatever. I'm sick of it before I've read it.

In short as an admitted snob I'll be blunt: I don't care how interesting the topic, I only want to read it if it's well-written.

What *one book* would you truly be willing to put up against the likes of Fisher, David, and to a lesser extent Ruhlman, Reichl and Pollan, be it memoiristic or academic?

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