I live on the beautiful Central Coast of California. I am a 46 year old single mom and student (I got my AA degree in business management May 05). I used to love to cook and try new recipes that is until my kids got to the point of...YUCK! I'm not eating that! Thank goodness they are growing up and willing to try new things now, so I am once again trying out new recipes. I love to collect recipes and Recipezaar has made it so easy and paper free!!! (*cringes* and thinks of the drawers full little pieces of paper with recipes on them) My favorite cookbook is my mom's old (1930's) Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Followed closely by the "______ the Beautiful" series, of which California the Beautiful (of course) is tops on that list.