Growing up in a French home, I don’t recall ever eating eggplant. The first time I had eggplant was in college where I discovered ratatouille, a French classic, yes, but new to me. I fell in love and learned to make it since I craved it often. Then I was swept off my feet by my sister’s Italian inlaws’ stuffed eggplants. My favorite countries to travel to? Greece, Italy and Turkey, where, you guessed it, eggplant figures prominently in their cuisine.