Just checked out the posted book recommendations and was surprised not to see a few I just finished.
Soul of a Chef and Cooking at the CIA, both by Michael Ruhlman were excellent.
I read the Soul of a Chef (written after Cooking) first, and l loved it.
Gave a very impressive in depth look into
Thomas Kellers French Laundry.
And the first part, looking at the Chef Master Certificate program, was intense.
Kept me on the edge of my seat.
He mixes the facts in with great stories and personal anecdotes.