I am currently reading A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat.
I was on a hunt for anthropological/archeological information about food and how food traveled through the ancient world. I found it. This is the Food Bible, written published in 1988, and revised just last year, this book contains information that dates from prehistoric times to current. There’s a lot of information packed in these pages.
The writer is French, though, and there seems to be much information on how food got to and from France/Gaul. There is some information on the Americas, but mainly how the food got from the American continent to Europe. Still, if you want to know the details about wine, bread or oil, this is the book to read.
I spend 2 hours a day on public transportation which gives me quality time to spend with this book. I am a happy chef!