I Live in Raleigh, NC I grew up in the mountains of NC but have lived in Raleigh since graduating college in 1985. I work full time and am mom to 2 kids, one in college and out on her own, the other in high school. My fiance is the world's easiest person to cook for. He says that whatever I cook, he will eat...at least once. My favorite cookbook is The Joy of Cooking. I refer to it whenever I need technical assistance on an ingredient. I rarely use the recipes but the information contained in the book is absolutely invaluable.