There are a few good books, Starting the Fire, as JP said, is a good one.
But, there is also going out and working with an established team, even just being a helper, it really shows you what it's all about.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
Whip It Off, Chambers!
"perhaps...but then again...maybe not..."