I'm an avid reader (I stopped counting the books on my shelves somewhere around number 800). I love to travel, and I've visited 47 states -- I'm just missing Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota -- and 13 foreign countries, or 11 if you don't count principalities. I know a good bit of Spanish, and I picked up a lot of Swedish while I was studying abroad as well.
Cooking is one of my favorite past times. I agree with Shepherd Book: If you've got enough rosemary, you'll be fine. Let's be honest though, it's all about bringing enjoyment to other people. The fire and knives aspect is fun too, of course.