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Here in Australia, we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful fresh produce, and our multi-cultural background has given us lots of wonderful tastes and styles. I've loved food almost all my life (except for a bumpy early start...ate nothing but a slice of apple and a slice of cheese a day for my first two years!). For me, cookbooks are a springboard - I have a taste "on my tongue", I search for appropriate inspiration and voila! something that owes a little to the book, my creativity, and whatever is in my kitchen! That said, I adore Vikki Leng's "A Vegetarian Kitchen" and travel happily through Sheila Lukin's "All Around The World Cookbook". Jamie Oliver is also a favourite, and I've just discovered the Williams-Sonoma baking books!