More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars.
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Finished it yesterday. One of VERY few pieces in which i think the movie was better, and mostly because it completely misrepresented this bitter and angry girl.
Directed by Richard Linklater. With Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama. An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.
Absolutely the most gorgeous book I've seen on food, organized by food groups with giant color pictures and explanations of each item. The section on spices, sauces, oils and condiments is especially fabulous.