Sandra M. Gilbert. The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity. WW Norton, 2014
I blurbed this one:
It is hard to imagine how Sandra Gilbert could have produced so broad an overview of contemporary food writing and thought, not only literary analysis but also history, memoir, and bibliography. Anyone wanting an introduction to the meaning of food culture should start here. After reading this “foodoir,” you may not want to live her life but you will certainly want to read everything that she did.