Everyone in my family cooks. Everyone in my family likes to eat. Some in my extended family and several friends are vegetarian or vegan. I'm still an omnivore. I'm active in the movement calling for GMO foods to be labeled. Currently writing a cookbook memoir, I am also a lawyer concentrating on food law.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, cheesecake, soup, pie, ...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dad was an expert cook. Had a luncheonette and a steak house. Grandmother and aunts cooked the old Italian dishes including manicotti, pasta e fagioli, and Feast of the Seven Fishes. On the other side, Grandmother's blueberry pie probably influenced Mother who was an expert pie baker. Her homemade pies were a specialty at the luncheonette.
My cooking triumphs
Annual Christmas Eve Cioppino. Made with crab, mussels, clams, and other shellfish and fish, it was designed to be a modern version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
My cooking tragedies
Ha ha. Probably more than I can recall. They usually came about because of undercooking—sometimes correctible.
One I do remember was an annual Christmas Eve Cioppino which suffered from the lack of crab and most of the other fishes because of storms in the Pacific. Wouldn't exactly call it a tragedy, though, since we had plenty of broth and bread.