I just finished listening to the audio book 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line. It's an awesome memoir by chef Eric Ripert (pronounced REEpear).
This book follows Ripert's childhood and young adult years in Southern France and Andorra as he learns to love food, cooking, and the freshest of ingredients. His inspiration comes from his mother and grandmothers. The only thing that made me sad is that it ended too soon. This memoir only covers his life through age 24.
Road trip idea: Chartered bus to his NYC restaurant, Le Bernardin!
P.S. PBS produced a show with Ripert called Avec Eric. Watch the episodes here.