Lee Brian Schrager, the founder of the Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine & Food festivals, serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits. His book, Fried & True: 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides, will be published in May by Clarkson Potter.

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker : I have geat memories watching my Mom cook from this book growing up, and first cookbook I used to make a family holiday dinner.

Glorious Food by Christopher Idone: Worked for Idone on my externship from CIA, and again when I graduated CIA. He was a great mentor to me. Glorious Food was the start of cookbooks becoming great coffee table books as well.

Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. I love Yotam's story. I'm a big fan of his restaurants and find his latest book to be one of the most beautiful books ever--not to mention practical and not fussy.