Waking up an old thread ..
I've always meant to read MFK Fisher's set of books, Waverly Root, and a few other food writers from the days of yore..
I've liked some more recent cooking-writing books, and been irritated by some cooking writers. A recent book I like is Russ Parson's How To Eat A Peach - I've liked his columns in the LA Times, sometimes follow the LA Times cooking blog which he is a part of, so it's no surprise I like the recent book.
A recent book that irritates me, except that the guy may be a genious, is
Pot on the Fire by John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne. This fellow experiments. He's tried cooking rice seemingly every possible way and explains the pros and cons.
A favorite of mine for bread and talking about bread is Carol Field's The Italian Baker - but she has another book, more wide ranging, called Celebrating Italy, very informative re italian food history, with some recipes.
Then there's On Persephone's Island, a Sicilian journal by Mary Taylor Simeti
- lots about food and the seasons in Sicily.
I need to check out Michael Pollan in book form...