Is this what you'd call an obsession?
A few titles I've been enjoying lately:
Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater by Calvin Trillin. I haven't read anything of Trillin's that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. This book of funny food essays by the self-acknowledged "genial glutton" is no exception. It's grand fun to join in his zealous quest as he scours Kentucky, for example, for that perfect barbecued mutton.
It Must've Been Something I Ate (The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything) by Jeffrey Steingarten. Steingarten, who writes about food for Vogue magazine, has a completely different style than Trillin. An attorney by training, he thoroughly investigates subjects that intrigue him, often turning what for most of us would be mild curiosity ("I wonder if all these different types of salts are really all that different?") into quantifiable experiments that would earn him the blue ribbon in any state science fair competition. Fascinating stuff.
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy. This culinary mystery, complete with recipes in the back, features fictional White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras. Along with the entertaining "cozy" mystery come details about the White House kitchen and its goings-on that make for a super enjoyable story for food fans.
Now I'd love to hear your suggestions for good books about food. Mysteries? Essays? Fun cookbooks? Other food genres?