I'm a Texan at heart, although I've been living in NC for quite a number of years. I am married to a wonderful woman,we have three kids and now four grandchildren. I do 99.8% of the cooking. I'm a simple cook ... and although I very much enjoy reading cookbooks I generally cook by the seat of my pants, fixing ad hoc meals out of whatever is available. But I get ideas from the cookbooks I read. I especially enjoy personal recipes -- recipes that other people took the time to save. I have been known to buy recipe boxes at estate auctions. Likewise cookbooks at resale shops ... if it has a number of personal recipes folded within the pages it will usually be going home with me.