German born, and raised in San Jose, California. I moved to Stockton, California in August 1999. I have been a home chef for most of my adult life, and I am now pondering the idea of a catering business or a quaint coffee shop in a touristy town. Most of my culinary expertise has been derived from watching my Mom, who was always in the kitchen when I was a young child growing up. If she wasn't preparing our daily meals, then she was making jams or baking cakes and pies or she was tending to the garden. I can still see her bending over the tomato plants looking for those awful insects that were making a meal of my Dad's garden. I grew up in a rural part of San Jose which at the time, we were surrounded by orchards and off in the distance there were dairy farms, now the area is known as Almaden Valley. My former home town is now a bustling metropolis, with too much traffic, too much noise and too much of everything. Which is why I have settled in Stockton, it reminds so much of my childhood home while growing up. I have always loved to cook and bake just like my Mom does. Seems I have been in the kitchen forever and will probably never leave my stovetop. This book contains many recipes that have been handed down from the roots of our family in Germany. I have been able to document them with the help of my Mom. Some of them are more difficult than others to prepare, but I think everyone will enjoy the experience and the final results after preparing them. Get ready for a little adventure into the 1940's and 1950's in a region called "Bavaria," where my family roots primarily still reside. I love to conjure up new comfort food delicacies to please my family and friends when I am entertaining. This book has become my biggest obsession of late, what will I do next? Stay tuned for the next chapter!