I just picked up this behemoth book at the library, The Oxford Companion to Italian Food. It was as if I was being pulled into its atmosphere of overwhelming food study on Italian gastronomy... I'm in love. This thorough masterpiece of knowledge includes everything from Art and Culture to Regional Cuisine to History and Society with all the necessary stops in-between such as Culinary Terms, Baked Goods and Pasta/Rice.
I plan on devouring this gem before our trip next month to... ITALY!!!!