"Cookwise" is actually the next book on my to-get list. And with the great prices at www.newbookscheap.com
(a site that I learned from this forum), I might get it pretty soon. I just need to pace myself and not buy too many titles- I don't want to go broke from saving so much money ;)
I never really thought about what I like to cook, but if I had to put a label on it, I guess it would lie in the American and Italian arenas- I grew up as a meat and potatoes kind of guy (I think that's part of the appeal of Cooks Illustrated for me). I also have a sweet tooth, so I am fond of baking (cookies, cheesecake, fudge, and I even made some rather good profiteroles once). Having lived in Northern California for the past six years, I've been exposed to many more styles of food and am definatley interested in expanding my cooking repatoire (I've been looking into getting "Mexico one plate at a time" and "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" as well). Of course, with my friends volunteering to let me cook for them anytime I want, I should have no shortage of recipes to try.