Hello! I am a nephrologist, and I live on the tip of the Adriatic with my adored husband. But I was raised and got my professional training in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. I'm not the greatest cook, but I love to try new recipes. My favorite cook books are Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck; The Classic Italian Cook Book by Marcella Hazan; San Francisco à la Carte by the Junior League of San Francisco; Regional Italian Cooking by Ada Boni -- and many, many more. My husband is a conservative eater, though. He would like to have spaghetti with tomatoes and a steak every night of the week. He says other foods give him heartburn. Gosh. I am very grateful for Recipezaar because I have found many substitutes for staples that are not always available where I live.