The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained A fun Q&A book on the food science questions you've always had (ie what's the difference between baking soda and powder?) but never asked!
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation A great book following the importance of cooking to humanity. A great compliment to Omnivore's Dilemma!
I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking For anyone who has ever loved Good Eats.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook One of my favorite cookbooks, from the creator of the smittenkitchen.com website.