While some of these books may have a few recipes in them-it is the writing, the dry senses of humor or the reference-ability that puts these books in the top 5.
1. The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion By: Sharon Tyler Herbst & Ron Herbst
2. Kitchen Confidential By: Anthony Bourdain
3. Tender at the Bone By: Ruth Reichl
4. Eat the City By: Robin Shulman
5. On the Line By: Eric Ripert