I began cooking as a serious endeavor while in my early teens. Graham Kerr, as The Galloping Gourmet, was my inspiration. My favorite cookbook is La Pinata, from the Junior League of McAllen, Texas. Every recipe in that book is a winner. Eating is so much more than assimilating fuel for the body. Table fellowship helps to hold families and small groups together. The quality of the ingredients, skillful preparation and the beauty of the presentation add to the richness of the experience.