Living in Tampa, Florida provides opportunity for great fresh vegetables& fruits year round. I work as a health care provider at a clinic & at the local university while my husband continues on a forever home renovation. We cook for ourselves & our friends, love to entertain & have a new kitchen which helps make cooking a pleasure! We travel when we can, have one dog (Petey-boxer boy), great neighbors & friends. Life is good. Cooking is a great outlet to use creativity, relieve stress & you get to eat the results (usually). My favorite cookbooks: Cooking for Mr. Latte, Amanda Hesser [I have literally cooked every recipe in this book-good, easy & cosmopolitan]; The Cook & the Gardener, Amanda Hesser [lots of recipes with again a cosmopolitan flare, written while Ms. Hesser was the cook in France at a country manor]; Encore with Claudine, Jacques Pepin; Cooking at Home, Julia Child & Jacques Pepin; Bon Appetite magazine is my favorite & I look forward to each monthly copy. I mostly follow recipes to the letter (I think it's related to my job in the medical profession). My husband Art is the prep & clean up guy. He is also the best eater I know. Who else can eat the same thing 3-5 days in a row & not complain?