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Has anyone read any good books on food culture, food history, etc.? I've read Michael Pollan, Peter Singer, Barbara Kingsolver, and Wendell Berry, and I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions on that general topic.



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I love New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichel's books. She has several. Start with Tender At the Bone then go to Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures At The Table and then read Garlic and Sapphires:The Secret Life of a Critic In Disguise.

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Check out Alice Waters. Another one of my favorites is Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice:My Life in the Kitchen.
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the Bloodless Revolution
I can't remember the author.
It's a history of vegetarianism.

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Not sure if this is the type of book you're looking for but I recently read "Hungry Planet What the World Eats" by Peter Menzel. It's a large picture book with descriptions and information about various countries and the food one family would typically eat in a week. Very interesting. Hungry Planet What The World Eats
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Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back
by Ann Vileisis
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I highly recommend anything by MFK Fisher. her books How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me are particular favorites of mine.

For more academic books, I think Sidney Mintz's Sweetness and Power is really good, as well as Psyche Williams, Building Houses out of Chicken Legs.

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Anything by Waverly Root or Raymond Sokolov. They're both amazing!

Also, Perfection Salad and Something from the Oven are fascinating cultural studies of how American food and cooking attitudes were shaped from the 1890s to the 1950s. I can't recomend them highly enough (but I also can't remember the author's name, sorry!).
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Thanks, these all sound great!
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