Whilst I am a fan of the old fashioned cookbooks, I like nothing more than delving into a cookbook and learning more than just recipes. There is an increasing number of cookbooks that teach us about a culture, history etc. yet I only stumble across them by accident.
David Thompson authoritative work on Thai Food; Dunlop's classics on Sichuan food; and of cause Ottolenghi's books.
I am in desperate need of more!
What other 'authority' cookbooks are there? That really get bellow the surface of a countries food??