I live on the east coast of Virginia but am originaly from North Carolina. I am married and have grandchildren now. My husband likes to eat and had a wonderful cook for a mother so I have had to step up to the bat. I love cooking and often have my kids and grands over to eat. When I put out the invitation, I seldom get a refusal. I like Southern Living cookbooks and church and community cookbooks because there aren't too many strange ingredients in most of those recipes.