I live in NE Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago and about 10 miles from Wisconsin. I am a semi-retired Electrical Engineer who has worked mostly designing various medical products. Besides cooking, my passions in life are wine, NASCAR racing, and serving God, but not in that order. Cooking is a fairly new passion for me which I took up when I went from full time working to being semi-retired. My definite fav cookbook is this one, recipeZarr. Probably second is Cooking for Engineers at http://www.cookingforengineers.com/. Being empty nesters, I love the way recipezaar allows one to quickly adjust the recipe to one for 2 people, just my wife and I.