I have lived in Texas since I was 10, and I love this place. The weather is great, except for summer. I don't do outside in the summer!! My favorite cookbook (today) is Texas Home Cooking by Bill and Cheryl Jamison. They have written many books, but this is the one I go to most often. I am a patio gardener I do manage to have a nice kitchen herb garden on my front porch, and I love using them in my cooking.