I live in Phoenix AZ. The pic above is of my 1st eggplant of the 07 season, with some of the lettuce and greens I picked for dinner. I have been cooking forever- either for family, teaching/instruction, etc. I work in public education. I garden and cook for fun. I love to cook with my children. I collect cookbooks. Recently I've weeded out a bunch of them, as I am trying to simplify my life, and there were so many that I never used or was particularly enamored by. I still have quite a collection. I enjoy the classics, ie-Julia Child, the old Betty Crocker, etc. In addition, I love to read the biography/cookbook combos, and regional cookbooks. One of my favorites is Jane and Michael Stern's "Real American Foods"- great regionally authentic recipes from restaurants around the country.