My 3rd chunky of 2008 for the Chunkster Challenge (hosted by Dana) was The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher. (See here and here for my first two.)
I had been hearing references to Ms. Fisher for years, and finally decided to get The Art of Eating, which includes 5 books, Serve It Forth, Consider the Oyster, How to Cook a Wolf, The Gastronomical Me, and An Alphabet for Gourmets.
I'm so glad I finally picked this up! On the surface, the books are about food, but they're more of an autobiographical culinary journey of a woman who lead a very interesting life.