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Love to cook, but I give a lot of meals away because I live alone and cannot eat it all. My favorite cookbook is Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". I bake a lot of cookies using my grandmother's recipe for "little cakes", which are fancy oatmeal cookies filled with a varying mix of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. I am retired, so I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen because I really enjoy my time there. My favorite restaurant is "The Fat Lady" in Oakland CA. Superb prime rib.