I am a widow, grandmother of three girls and one boy. I have three wonderful daughters and share a house with one of them. My mother was a great cook and she started collecting cookbooks when there were very few of them to collect - in the 30s. I inherited the collection and have added to it voraciously. About 2/3 of my collection is on display in our living room/library in 10 bookcases. I began to take cooking seriously when Julia Child first was on PBS. I delight in trying new recipes and reading about food.