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DH, DD and DS and I live in the golden hills outside San Jose, about an hour from the coast and Monterey/Carmel. We all love to eat- even the kids are reasonably adventurous. We love to travel- Napa Valley w/o the kids, Lake Tahoe with them. I have dozens of "favorite" cookbooks (does Recipezaar count?) but I keep coming back to "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" by Marcella Hazan and "The Way to Cook" by the late, great, Julia Child. When I can, I get together with a couple of friends and make Ukrainian dyed eggs.