For an inspiring and engagingly browsable book about food, you will delight in the fact-filled descriptions and culinary history / trivia offered in 1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die. I’ve had fun with the fruit section, so far, but I’m really looking forward to perusing the dairy entries!
Also newly released: 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die. My advice – pace yourselves! These delectable tomes offer many wonders for your palate.