I love cookbooks, especially A Taste of Ancient Rome. It is a history of ancient roman recipes and the author has translated them so we can try to experience the taste sensations of ages past. I especially found the chapter on meat fascinating. Did you know that Romans kept dormice in clay jars? Yep. And when Suetonius had a hankering for dormice stew, all he had to do was crack one open and slaughter the sleepy beastlet and throw him in a pot with some turnips.
If you have a Retro Food Kink, this book should be in your library.