I learned to cook at my mother's elbow and went on from there after I left home. It took me many years to realize how important cooking and family dinners are to me. Cooking is not only a form of creative expression for me it's also an important way that I tell my family that I love them. I rarely follow recipes. More often I look at several and then go off and do my own thing. I cook a vast array of things and in vast array of styles.