Life, on the line - Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas
One of my all time favorites, this book takes you through Grant Achatz career including his fight against cancer and the opening of Alinea in Chicago.
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
The one that started it all, now a contemporary classic that was one of the first books to give an not very romantic description of working in a restaurant.
The Devil in the kitchen - Marco Pierre White
The original Brit bad boy Marco Pierre Whites autobiography also known under it´s British title "White Slave" is a must read. Marco was the first British born chef to gain three Michelin stars at the age of only 33. This is also where Gordon Ramsay is most likely to have been taught to behave like an asshole at times.
From lover of Rock n roll and a humble beginning to famed restaurateur and TV celebrity Joe Bastianich comes of like a cool guy that is all about great quality both of wine, food and music.
The Apprentice - Jacques Pépin
Fascinating about Jacques early career in France and then the road to becoming a famous chef in the US.
Blood, bones & butter - Gabrielle Hamilton
Unfortunately one the few female chefs in this list. Great read and philosophy of food.
Yes, Chef - Marcus Samuelsson
From Ethiopia and Sweden to Scandinavian fine-dining in New York and now a rising star in Harlem. This tells all you need to know about Marcus Samuelssons life in and out of the kitchen.