Have just read 2 Julia Child Books, and are currently going thru "The Complete Professional Chef", and of course "Joy of Cooking"
My favorite things to cook
Sole Veronique, Lobster Thermador, Beef Bourguignon, Chili, Gyros, Manicotti anything French or Italian especially
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chili, Soul food, Sausage w/ sauerkraut, Grilling, and Cajun
My cooking triumphs
Beef ala Trey
My cooking tragedies