A post below made me think about this -- what are your favorite cookbooks for pure reading enjoyment? Not necessarily the ones with the best recipes, but the ones you can read cover-to-cover (which hopefully means there's a bit of commentary in there). I love reading cookbooks, so I'm hoping some people can recommend more; here are some of my favorites:
The Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook
The French Farmhouse Cookbook
Nanny's Texas Table
and a few more that I can't think of here at work...