The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017

Hungry minds would enjoy one of these illuminating books about the world of food and drink

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Although we humans have been stuffing ourselves silly since the dawn of time, it’s only in the relatively recent past that we’ve stopped to really think about what we consume. The cream of this year’s crop of books on food and drink do precisely this, asking deep questions about the nature of our food system and why we eat what we eat when we eat it.

It’s not an easy task, but then again, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Whether you’re interested in the provenance of your morning cup of Joe, how a key pantry staple ended up in your kitchen, or to whom the legacy of Southern cuisine truly belongs, there’s a little something for every curious mind in this year’s list.

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