Any of you ever read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain? I'm about 3/4ths of the way through, it's one of the best books I've ever read. It's a look into the sub-culture of professional kitchens, some of it is disturbing (don't eat fish on monday, don't order mussels, and don't ask for meat well-done), but mostly it's hysterical.
I've read it and loved it. Afterwards I read the Ruth Reichl book about being a food critic in New York. Then I read the one written by a waitress who was there when the 4-star Per Se opened in NY ("Service Included"). It was great reading all 3 perspectives from the NY dining scene.