The Physiology Of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Possibly the most famous book about food ever written. First published in France in 1825, it remains a charming and insightful celebration of the joys of the table. The intimate account of one man's passionate relationship with food is described through a collection of recipes, reflections and anecdotes. Brillat-Savarin's pronouncements were famously bold and self-parodying, "Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are."
Translated by M.F.K. Fisher, with introduction by Bill Buford.