I try to cook as fresh as possible. My husband is a vegetarian so I am always looking for new recipes that work for everyone in the family. Sometimes he'll eat certain fish, if he liked them as a child. But he's been a veg for a long time. I was active in an herb guild for many years, which was a great place to collect new recipes. Cookbooks. I have almost all the Moosewood cookbooks and like the international one the best. Best basic cookbooks for me: Deborah Madison's vegetarian tome, Joy of Cooking, Fannie Farmer, Rodale Natural Cookbook.