Favorite Well-Known Cooks/ChefsThese are the well-known peeps who have inspired me to better cooking. I'm still working on it.
Alton Brown. Goes without saying. My Hero.Find him here: http://altonbrown.com/
And here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/alton-brown/index.html
Emeril! Mr. BAM! himself.Here: http://www.emerils.com/
And Here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/emeril-lagasse/index.html
Favorite Cook BooksThe Way to Cook by Julia Child This is my all-time favorite cookbook. Most cookbooks are a collection of recipes. This one shows you how to do it.
The Joy of Cooking I like the original version of this cookbook. It's the cook's bible. Just about anything you can imagine is in this.
Better Homes and Gardens I grew up with this one. Again, I prefer the original (because I don't like using prepared foods in recipes) but it's still a great, basic resource.
The Tightwad Gazette Not exactly a cookbook, but it does have recipes. This is an excellent source (if a bit dated) for people looking to save money and live frugally. There are tons of wonderful bits of information and tips.