I love food-related memoirs (note: not cookbooks). I can eat vicariously (and calorie free!) through the experiences of others and garner non-cookbook inspiration. Examples include Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl's trifecta, and Jacques Pepin.
But not every food memoir is great (e.g. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten), so please share your recommendations AND the ones to avoid. No need to suggest Eat, Pray, Love or Julie & Julia.
I'm cool with food fiction recommendations too.