This is a listing of books that I think are great supporting research books for food. Now what I mean by this is the history of some of the basic food items i.e. banana’s, chicken, olives. Items we don’t really think much of yet consume vast quantities of. These books give great documentation on such things as the different types of pears that were available to Romans, or Apricots from Armenia.
History of Food. Toussaint- Samat: This book is a must have. Great references with fun little tidbits thrown in. I really like this book. It is one of my go to for information concerning an ingredient.
75 Exciting Vegetables for your Garden.
75 Remarkable Fruits for your Garden.
75 Exceptional Herbs for your Garden.
These three books were written by Staub. Easily found on Amazon.com and definitly fun useful information present in short bites. When first perusing these books I had a hard time not turning my entire back yard into a historical garden with the non standard every day plants found in Rome, Persia, Armenia and China.