I have been cooking since I was 4.....Grandmother always had me helping in the kitchen.! I collect rare and unusual cookbooks, as well as any new ones that look good, and read them like a novel; every page, every recipe, every ingredient, and at last count, had over 600 cookbooks in my collection. I love to cook and garden...it is my therapy and a way to relax from a stressful profession. I grow fresh herbs in my greenhouse year round and love to experiment with new recipe ideas that pop in my head or sound good in my mind. I read 'regular' books too,and never leave home without one! I learned a lot about cooking on multiple trips to many different countries in Europe. Sometimes simple is so darn good. Healthy eating is so important but I certainly can chow down on the calories when I feel like it.! Love cooking for my family and friends and have even catered friends' parties for them. Now that is a REAL job.