One of my all-time favorite books, and life-changing for me. Jeffrey Steingarten is an excellent writer. It'll make you see food in a whole new light.
"Before there was Bill Buford there was Steingarten. Few people are as erudite and no one is as food-obsessed as Steingarten, who will follow any food trail to literal absurdity." Read this first, then the follow-up, It Must Have Been Something I Ate.