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I am a wife and mother. DD is was born in Jun '06 and will eat anything (she doesn't like Avocado, and hasn't since she started solids) she eats what we eat no problem, even the spicy hot stuff!!! She's taken to saying "It's dood mum, really dood!" and she will have a bite look at me and want to cuddle me and says "I love you too, mum!" now that's why I cook.... It's wonderful to make my family happy with the food I prepare for them! DH is what my family would call picky but after feeding him for 10 yrs now I know he would rather enjoy something than just stuff his face with anything! (He suffers from chronic pain so sometimes it can be a real effort to eat for him) So he has greatly helped me to become a better cook! I thank him for that. It's extremely gratifying when he enjoys a meal because then I know it's good!! I was born and raised in eastern Iowa but have been living in Australia for 10 yrs now. It's taken me a few years to adjust to what ingredients are available etc here, so I had a few years of bad cooking disasters LOL! But I make up for it now!!! I am a SAHM and to get me out of the house I've been doing Avon and Tupperware. I just started Tupperware late November with the aim to get more Tupperware cuz I love the stuff!!! I want my pantry completely modular mates!! I have heaps of cookbooks and use them more for entertainment then actually cooking from... isn't that pathetic... it' s just so much easier to come on Zaar and do a search for what I want. Growing up my mum had cookbook called "Country Fair Cookbook" All recipes in this book are Blue Ribbon winners from fairs around America prior to it's publication in 1975. Anyhow I found a copy of it on Ebay a few years ago while I was back in the states visiting my family. So that's probably my most prized cookbook and I really should try more recipes out of it! My newest addition to my cookbook collection is Easy Slow Cooker Cookbook by Barbara C. Jones. I have a few favorite Celebrity Chefs: Kylie Kwong Jamie Oliver Mario Batali Bobby Flay Anna Olson The Swedish Chef (The Muppets) I love to watch Iron Chef America and Masterchef!