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I'm an American-born journalist who has lived in Latvia (Old Country for my family) since 1989. I work in television and teach journalism at the local university, but make most of my living as a translator. Freetime activities include film, reading, theatre (I've performed in several plays myself), surfing the Web. My favorite cookbook without any question is the Doubleday Cookbook by Jeanne Hanna, which is the best basic cookbook in the world, as far as I'm concerned. I have lots of other cookbooks, too, but now that there's the Internet, one can find recipes there, as well.