The Elements of Taste
By Gray Kunz and Peter Kaminsky.
I Received this as a gift, and it is very interesting. It has a lot of simple high end recipes that are easy to follow. and the authors include a lot of insight. It is a little advanced for the novice, but no problem for the intermediate cook.
The best part is their comments on how the flavors combine.
Be gutsy. Believe in what you are doing. Find your bollocks. You must have confidence in your skills. Smile. Enjoy it.