The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks A great primer on classic Southern food. It's how my grandma cooked, which is good enough for me.
The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook This is like having the Junior League ladies handing over their box of recipes to you.
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails : From the Alamagoozlum Cocktail to the Zombie A perfect vegetarian cookbook. Recipes are grouped by ingredient so you can start with the veggie and find inspiration here.
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen This is one of my go-to books for weeknight dinners. Healthy, whole foods that are easy to make and great tasting.
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition A great reference to have in the kitchen.
The Savoy Cocktail Book My favorite cocktail book! Learn to make vintage cocktails like The Monkey Gland, The Corpse Reviver and The Leatherneck.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals A classic!
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen A mind-opening book on how your dinner got to your plate.
The Drunken Botanist A great collection of modern Southern food, using farm fresh ingredients.
Beach Bum Berry's Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks A fun book that combines a geeky love of botany with a love for a well-made cocktail.