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I come from a large family, and thus became a sous chef early in life. I remember shucking corn and snapping green beans when I was very young. I guess these were things I couldn't ruin. I have always enjoyed cooking, but not cleaning. I enjoy reading cookbooks (I currently have The Essential Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy on my nightstand)and have more than I can keep in my kitchen. I am fortunate to live in the San Francisco area which has more excellent resturants than I could ever dine at. There is also a nearby farmer's market almost every day. I work as an Emergency Department Nurse. This can be very stressful. I find cooking, gardening and running to be relaxing things. For cleaning, there is the housekeeper.