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I learned to cook 30 years ago when I lived in Europe (Paris and Brussels). I got recipes and cookbooks from friends there; then I started frequenting the North African markets for spices and foods from them. Today I am a vegetarian cook who spends a lot of time cooking Indian and Mediterranean recipes. My favorite cook book authors are Yamuna Devi, Madhur Jaffrey, Julie Sahni, Martha Rose Shulman Paula Wolfert and Peter Reinhart. I am posting only low fat or nonfat recipes; I have modified the fat content of virtually all of the Indian recipes that I use because the amounts of oil recommended are horrendous and not necessary.