I love recipes, love reading them, love collecting them and love trying them. In my early 20's (many moons ago) I became a vegetarian. That's about 17 years ago...for some of those years I ate fish so I guess you could say I was a pesche ovo lacto vegetarian (got that right?). I made the switch to an all vegan diet in November (09), and I'm so happy I did - wish I had done it years before. None of my friends or family are vegan let alone vegetarian so I really rely on my online community in that regard. There are so many avenues to explore, I'm enjoying baking again and have to think ahead much more than I used to...ultimately it means eating better quality, homemade whole food most of the time - and that's a great thing. I cook for a wide variety of dietary needs, including a family of omnis, a few with wheat intolerance and my two young children under 5. I try not to cook 2 different main dishes every night and love it when I can split one recipe into 2 pots and leave the meat out of one so that everyone is satisfied. I also love veg dishes that I can just add some chorizo on the side for those that want it. On top of that, I'm trying to lose some weight so low cal is another consideration. I collect cookbooks and have about 70 of them. Absolute faves are Madhur Jaffrey and all the Moosewoods/Mollie Katzen. This year I've added a few books by Sara Kramer and Veganomicon by Isa M. When I first discovered recipezaar I was searching for the odd meat recipe. Now I'm totally addicted to the site and find it such a helpful resource for all sorts of things. I love cooking, find it therapeutic, and like being able to keep my kids away from processed food as much as I can.