We hail fom Central Georgia, but live in our fifth Southeastern State -- Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina (USA). I have been cooking Southern food for more that fifty (50) years. My mentors were my grandfather, my husband's favorite aunt, and several maids/cooks who worked in our home. I guess the best cookbook you can own would be the all time favorite, "Joy Of Cooking." Although not ethnic, it has lots of basic cooking information in it. I've given it as a gift to all our family.