We have lived the last 5 years in a small West Texas town that we like to affectionately refer to as "Cow Town USA". There are more cows to people by like 50,000 to one. Really!! Not joking on this one. My favorite cookbooks are local/regional cookbooks from all over the world, with an emphasis on ones published by women's groups, churches, and student associations as they tend to give a more local flair and cultural taste. I also rely heavily on the old "red checked" Better Homes and Gardens for good old fashioned recipes and recipe conversions, substitutions and cook times for various items. I also use a cookbook published by our old electric company, SPS, for good ol' Texas Panhandle cooking. I would love to go to culinary school someday. My DH says I'm the best non-"chef" chef he knows. Aaahhhh....ain't he just the sweetest...sigh. I love cooking, of course. I love to learn new things in or out of the kitchen. I read, play crosswords and other puzzles, paint, crochet, cross-stitch and other needle work. I really love playing with polymer clay! I love to study religion and spirituality formally and would love to learn more and possibly take holy orders in the future. We have 3 four-legged children that are like little floor sweepers when I cook. Don't have to worry about the troublesome food, they don't like them. One of the things I hate is when you need a specialty ingredient and our little small town stores just don't know what you're talking about. We now have a Walmart, so I have access to a wider variety of produce and ingredients. It is really nice. I could hardly stand it when I would ask our grocer about leeks and he'd point me to the green onions. We had some discussions about the difference let me tell you. Not to worry anymore! Walmart has them all the time.