I learned to boil water at 30. I was the one who brought chips and pop to family dinners. Until two years ago, that is, when I finally figured out what the kitchen is for. Since then a whole new world has opened for me. I've collected recipes and cookbooks, learned techniques, studied history of herbs, contemplated the unique zen involved in food preparation. I'm a self-employed writer/editor. Interests include literature, books, reading, mythology. I run a literary-oriented website called BookSlave. Also like political and cultural debate, antiques collecting, travelling.