I have been cooking most of my life, as many women do. When I was younger I worked in a number of food service establishments and did the whole array of tasks from top to bottom. I can't really say that I found much joy in that type of work, and in fact it almost extinguished my fiery passion of food and cooking. I have found that my love for cooking is best kept as a hobby, cooking at home for family and friends. In that regard I have an intense enthusiasm for the art of preparing food that clearly shows in the taste, making my pastime and hobby palatable and enjoyable for all involved.
I also must warn you that I collect cookbooks beyond the point of even being able to count them. I humor myself by selling off the excess, less wanted books on eBay. An though I dare call myself an independent bookseller, there remains far more cookbooks coming in than going out. If I am not careful, all my space will be gone and I will be the one pushed out of the house in favor of that "vital" cookbook.
I've lived most of my life in the midwest, but also have lived in Mississippi and Florida so those places are reflected in my cooking. My families come from Texas, California and Kentucky as well so there are more influences there.
Whatever I'm under the influence of (mojitos, anyone?), I hope it pleases your palate that you may pass time on my virtual shady porch, enjoying cool drinks and summer breezes (some things I like best).