I am a SAHM of three. We are also homeschoolers which gives us lots of time to experiment in the kitchen. If I ever actually follow a recipe my family goes into shock. I will follow a new recipes instructions then takes notes as I am eating. I will file this with said recipe and do my own tweaking if my tastebuds say so. I love to cook and have been doing so since I was 12-13 years old. I am now 43 so that will tell you how long. I have had some failures in the kitchen but how do you learn what works. I collect cookbooks so can't say which is my favorite. I love doing crafts of any kind and look at cooking as a craft.