I live in the middle of the Mohave Desert. Our zip code is the same as the temperature in August. My all time favorite cookbook is the one I received when I attended a Chinese Cooking class on Okinawa in the 70's. Diana Luke was the instructor. I like to have ideas for using ingriedients that we can grow here on the desert. I.E. dates, citrus, figs, pomegranates. I also like to make quilts.