I live in the great northwest . . . am a pastry chef on leave . . . taking care of my 83 yr old mother (w/ memory loss). I am an artist with gallery affliliations in the area . . . and cooking is one of my favorite ways of sharing my creative energies. As far as cookbooks go . . . I always go back to James Beard or Julia Child . . . but have umpteen cookbooks on desserts, soups, ethinic, etc.