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Books about culinary history - please recommend

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Books about culinary history - please recommend

JoGunn | May 2, 2002 11:03 AM

One of my favourite food books is "The Raj at Table" by David Burton. It's a history of Anglo-Indian cookery and eating habits. It is well written by an author who obviously knows and enjoys the subject, contains authentic recipes, personal accounts from biographers and food writers of the period and quotes from novels relevant to the subject.

What other food histories are worth reading? By "worth reading" I mean books that appeal not only to the thirst for knowledge, but also fulfill the need for enjoyable reading.

I've heard good things about "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky, but what about "Nathaniel's Nutmeg" or "The Devil's Cup". Any other great food books you recommend?

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