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Happily married with a terrific 16 YO son. We live on the West Coast of Washington State in beautiful, rainy Forks (yep, the setting of the "Twilight" books and movie). I work full time. I've traveled quite a bit: spent a year in Paris in college (where my abiding passion for cooking was born), throughout the US, Germany, India, and Thailand. It's hard to say which I love best - cooking or traveling! I pretty much taught myself to cook using, in no particular order, a combination of "The Joy of Cooking", "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by the Saintly Julia Child, "The New Moosewood Cookbook" and Madhur Jaffrey's "An Invitation to Indian Cooking". I'm trying to cook a little lighter and am impressed with "The Moosewood Restaurant's Low-Fat Favorites" and Ellie Krieger's Food Network show.