What a great place this is. Although I have been cooking for over 50 years, I learned to cook watching my Mom. Our tastes diverged over the years but she taught me the basics. If I had known how much I enjoyed creating good food, I would have chosen a culinary institute instead of a university. Too late now but I am very happy to have discovered ChefTalk and I sure do appreciate everyones kindnesses and patience. I collected cookbooks from around the world instead of souvenirs as I travelled for business and enjoy books about food. Glad to meet all of you out there!