With an unforgiving Winter this year it seems only appropriate to pepper this list with songs of longing (for another human, another season). I opened the evening with the theme song from Under the Tuscan Sun because I'm masochistic (but seriously, we all love that movie, right?).
James Beard provides some of the best kitchen commentary in his infamous Menus for Entertaining. He writes delightfully about changing appetites, etiquette, and servants. Yes, he is inappropriate and outdated and it's glorious. Here's his introduction to a section on breakfast menus.