These picks will keep foodies coming back to the bookshelves for seconds.
Our Favorite Food BooksIf you are looking for a gift for a food-loving, literary hound, call off the hunt.
Every Day in Tuscany by Frances MayesThe third time is just as lucky as the first two for Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun.
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National Geographic's Food Journeys of a LifetimeThink of Food Journeys of a Lifetime as 500 places to see and taste before you die. Full of the take-you-there photography for which National Geographic is famous, the book covers every conceivable gustatory delight--from fabled chefs' fare to humble street foods.
Food Rules by Michael PollanMichael Pollan, the high priest of eating well, distills collective wisdom into 64 commonsense food rules. Our favorite: "Don't eat cereal that changes the color of the milk."
The Book of Fungi by Peter Roberts and Shelley EvansThis coffee-table book-cum-kitchen reference covers edibles familiar (morels, truffles) and wildly exotic (ethereal Mexican Indigo Milkcaps, curious Wood Cauliflowers). It includes those not to eat, as well. Life-size photos capture every fascinating fungal detail.
Four Fish by Paul GreenbergPaul Greenberg--the reporter who helped get Chilean sea bass off many menus--brings his insight as a passionate sport fisher to this unsettling account of four species (salmon, cod, bass, and tuna) we may be fishing to extinction.
The Town That Food Saved by Ben HewittBen Hewitt chronicles the "agrepreneurs"—farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, who built a local economy around small-scale food production, and helped reinvigorate a Vermont town.