I don't really consider the two books of Steingarten's cookbooks but since I saw Kitchen Confidential being reviewed I thought I would post. I have read his last 2 books, It Must of Been Something I Ate and The Man Who Ate Everything, they are fantastic. There are recipies listed but mainly I love how obsessed this man is with food. In one chapter he talks about toro and when he was first introduced to this delicacy. Later in the chapter, he ends up chartering a boat to fish for his own tuna!
His sense of humor is wonderful. This man is truly interested in food, where it comes from and how to produce it. From foi gras, turkeydunken, boudin sausage, to real certified French baguettes.
Have you ever tried to age prime grades steaks in your NY flat for 14-21 days? Well he has, and when he descrived the look on his wifes face when she opened the refrigerator and saw a bit of mold growing on the meat, I almost fell of the couch laughing.