I've been a vegetarian since 2010. Actually started as a vegan. Did that for a year. I still have this tendency to want to be vegan. It's definitely the right thing to do. The cheese and the ice cream always get me eventually. I am weak.

It's this lifestyle change that originally got me into cooking, which I now love. Probably too much. It's a bit of an obsession.

It opened up this whole world of previously unexplored foods and cuisines. It took time, but I learned how to manipulate spices, herbs and vegetables to really extract the maximum amount of flavor from each humble ingredient. So I want to share what I've learned with fellow meatless eaters as well as those who are curious about trying it.

The culinary world uses animals for flavor. It's a cruel and lazy approach. There are bucket loads of flavor to be mined from vegetables, fruit and spices. It just takes a more finesse.  A little booze always helps.