I love studying history! Most of the cookbooks I am collecting are half history book, half cookbook. One of the best cookbooks I have ever read is Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman. I like anything by Mollie Katzen, too. I am trying to get better at making soups. I am also making forays into Russian cooking. I am on a low carbohydrate diet for various and sundry health reasons. It's a lot of fun tweaking recipes to be low carb enough for me to enjoy. I've become a much better cook because of it. I love sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking, and dancing. I just got a full time job again so I am relearning how to fit my cooking in around a strict schedule. The crock pot is once again my best friend.