Comments: Excellent, stunning, superb, informative, fascinating, etc., etc. Not a cookbook at all, of course, but an exhaustive reference, answering nearly every question on food and cooking that you could dream up. The few recipes in the book are of historical interest.
The one point to remember as the food world continues to gush over Dr. McGee's book is that it really is a textbook. This is not a book one is going to read casually in a few weekends. It's well written and interesting, but reading and digesting the material takes a lot of work.