My top 5 favorite restaurants:
The Farmhouse Inn (Forestville, CA), Cafe La Haye (Sonoma, CA), Campanille (Los Angeles, CA)... and many, many others. Too many to choose just 5.
My most tattered cookbooks:
Bouchon by T. Keller, Sunday Suppers At Lucques by S. Goin, my many tattered issues of Gourmet mag. :)