I live in the South of the UK. I retired five years ago and I cook often for my wife and myself. I was an electrical consulting engineer so cooking is a real change for me. We live in the countryside and walking, gardening and photography are my other hobbies. I enjoy making Italian food and Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cookbook is a real favorite. I bought a bread maker recently after having made it the hard way for several years. My pet peeve is using cups to measure ingredients for US recipes - in the UK and Europe we always weigh our dry ingredients. If I had more free time - I seem to be busier than ever since I retired - I would like to make a trip to Italy.