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As the daughter of an American Diplomat, I grew up traveling the world and enjoying a variety of wonderful foods. My mom, an accomplished cook with great French culinary skills, sat me on the counter as a toddler and encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen as a very young person. About 10 years ago, I followed my boyfriend --now husband -- when he went veggie. While I still eat some seafood, I love vegetarian cooking! My favorite dishes involve complex world flavors and the finickiness of French sauces. My non-culinary interests include Africanist anthropology, travel, yoga, and scuba diving.