I am obsessed with food. I grew up watching all the PBS greats: Julia, "The Frug" (the Frugal Gourmet), Justin Wilson, Jacques Pepin.
While other children got candy for Valentines Day and Easter, I got things like frying pans, wooden spoons and interesting breads from around the world.
Luckily, I had a mother that loved to experiment with food in a limited budget and a stepmother that taught me the simple pleasure of stirring the batter (& licking the spoon!). I still suck at batter stirring, but that's ok; I don't bake without a helper.