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While it's pretty dense (and can help put you to sleep), Marion Nestle's Food Politics does a fantastic job in looking at the relation between the US Government's regulating nutrition and food supply and the big commercial food industry.

While not a "foodie" book talking about dishes and ingredients, it helps expose the root of where most of the education and communication about nutrition comes from in the United States. This shapes food culture and cooking for more of us than we sometimes realize.

Nutrition has become a culture itself and like all cultures has a heavy influence on cooking style and inspiration.