We live in rural Alabama, about an hour from Birmingham. We have an extensive organic garden and live on a river. We also keep bees and breed Great Danes. Favorite cookbook(s) are the Three Rivers Series from Pittsburgh (Probably because that is where Kat is from). Cookbook collection is extensive, currently over 150 volumes, and we've tried something from every book. We travel regularly for pleasure and work, and buy a cookbook everywhere we go. Friends and Family also help with the collection. We also like CookWise by Shirley Corriher which explains why foods and ingredients react to each other in various ways. This book appeals to the engineer in Bob.