I like to tell the story that because the only thing my mom really liked to make for dinner was reservations, I learned to cook. I've always liked to try different foods and growing up in Los Angeles gave me the opportunity to do so. I also put myself through university by waitressing. And I love to cook. At 18 yrs. I had already bought "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and it has been a love affair with food ever since. It also probably played a part in my becoming an anthropologist and a linguist because, after all, food, language, and culture are so intertwined. So I cook.
Also, because I live in north Idaho, an abundance of sustainable food surrounds me. We may not have Epoisse cheese or fresh truffles at the grocery store but we do have fresh huckleberries in summer, morels in the spring, and a variety of locally raised meat and poultry (including game, rabbit, Scottish Highland Beef and so forth).