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Hi! My name is Nancy and I live in northern Virginia, about 28 miles south of Washington, D.C. I am a photo editor at a famous magazine publisher whose mission it is to "increase and diffuse Geographic knowledge." No, I don't get to travel. It's just a job, like most others out there. 9-5 and draining! Not nearly as glamorous as many imagine. My true passions are marine biology, nature in general, and cooking. I have been cooking since I was old enough to help out Mom in the kitchen. I have always been adventurous in eating, and am willing to try anything at least once. I am always searching out new flavors, ingredients, and techniques. I love shopping in all the ethnic grocery stores that abound in this area... Vietnamese, Pakistani, Indian, Afghan, Hispanic of all sorts, Korean, Russian, German. I would love to be able to open a small gourmet food store or deli in a beachside town. Oh my, my paradise and dream. Cook in the morning, then enjoy the beach in the evening. It would be hard to name a favorite cookbook. I owned over 500 at one time, and have since whittled down my collection. A cookbook was always my favorite souvenir from any travels I took. Hmmmm, I guess I would have to say my favorites are the Marlboro cookbooks. Yes, put out by the Marlboro cigarette company. No, I do not smoke, but these cookbooks are beautiful to look at, and the recipes are to die for. They consist of good old American foods, grilling, and just good times for all. These 3 books are my food porn! ;-) I enjoy Nigella Lawson's cookbooks, too. She has style, flair, and a wonderful sense of humor. If I had to pick a famous foodie to dine with it would be her. Hey, and where has Andrew Zimmern been all my life!?! That guy is almost as adventurous as me!