On the whole, I'm not a recipe cook. I love cookbooks, and I do use recipes when I'm in unfamiliar territory or when I have enjoyed something and asked for the recipe. But even then, the second time out, I'm usually experimenting. Much of what I do regularly is written down, either because Rob said "You can do THAT again!" and I wanted to remember what I did, or because someone asked for it. Recipes are a resource, a place to start, not a prescription.