@MegaDeKay 13d
Can't argue that Harold is the OG. It would be nice if he'd release a new edition of On Food and Cooking though. But as I understand it, it still holds up really well after all this time.

Alton Brown is certainly another name I'd add to the mix. Good Eats was brilliant, and his I'm Only Here For The Food / More Food books are really good.

@AlbertCory 13d
I actually talked to Harold a couple times when he came to Google. He is a very, very nice person; very down-to-earth.