I am a college student studying History at a University here in Portland. I live with my fiance and our adorable Rottweiler, Minnie. My oldest favorite cookbook is my moms ragged old copy of The Joy of Cooking; For its amusing illustrations and thoroughness. I especially like Mark Bittman's new revised How to Cook Everything as it is much less intimidating and more practical than Joy of Cooking. My very favorite cookbook of all is Pie by Ken Haedrich. While I adore baking, cooking is still a bit difficult for me. I have the worse time getting several dishes on the table at once while still hot. I'm known for my baked goods like brownies cakes and pies, and for my fantastic burritos which I have never written down a recipe for.