In past decades there has been some serious and some fun writing on food and food criticism.
Eating is an intelligent act, or it's merely an animal one. And what makes it intelligent is the company of other mouths and minds. All animals eat. An animal that eats and thinks must think big about what it is eating not to be taken for an animal.
The Table Comes First... 2011, Adam Gopnik.
To live one must eat; Adam Gopnik is a writer and writing is what he and his historical peers have done. And he makes adequate reference to them in this volume. Pleasure is found in both eating food and preparing a cuisine of verbiage for others to enjoy.