By "surprise" I mean it's not a novel you'd normally think of as "foodie". There are two series that stand out for me.
The first is, seriously, the Little House on the Prairie books. I think these books must have been the first time I ever read about food described in such delicious terms. Whenever I think about some of the simple meals described in these books, I drool a little. ;D
The second is, and I can't believe I'm going to admit this so publicly, The Earth's Children Series by Auell. Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of the Horses, etc. The descriptions of food and eating, not just for sustenance, in these books is just amazing. :)
So what novels would you not normally associate with food that actually contain a lot of descriptions of food that make you drool? :)