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Happily married with a terrific 16 YO son. We live on the West Coast of Washington State in beautiful, rainy Forks (yep, the setting of the "Twilight" books and movie). I work full time. I've traveled quite a bit: spent a year in Paris in college (where my abiding passion for cooking was born), throughout the US, Germany, India, and Thailand. It's hard to say which I love best - cooking or traveling!
I pretty much taught myself to cook using, in no particular order, a combination of "The Joy of Cooking", "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by the Saintly Julia Child, "The New Moosewood Cookbook" and Madhur Jaffrey's "An Invitation to Indian Cooking". I'm trying to cook a little lighter and am impressed with "The Moosewood Restaurant's Low-Fat Favorites" and Ellie Krieger's Food Network show.
I have pretty wide-ranging tastes, and love trying new things. My overall favorite is French, I like how seriously they take their cuisine, and how they simply do not accept mediocre food. I also love German food, and always have a big, elaborate Oktoberfest dinner party. And I cook a lot of Indian food (bring on the curry!), which my family enjoys, but I'm aware that a lot of people don't care for it, so I don't often cook it for guests or bring it to church potlucks. I adore good ol' comfort-food casseroles, Southern food, and BBQ and am working on Thai food (still a novice). I'm intrigued by Persian/Iranian cuisine, but find it very challenging to find the ingredients and to prepare it well.