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Complete Vegetarian Cuisine by Rose Elliot. She's a Brit, so in addition to such amazing things like spinach roulade with pink peppercorns and two color chilled melon soup, you'll find steamed pudding, traditional fruit cake, etc. Tons of easy, delicious things, plus lots of very, very elegant, fancy things. And, the first half of the beautiful book is all about ingredients and cooking - two page full color spreads of nothing but legumes, citrus fruits, cheeses, it is amazing. Good things like how to bake a potato, how long to cook a soft-boiled egg, etc. Great casseroles you can make and freeze, perfect macaroni and cheese, the best peanut butter cookies, great basic pastry recipies... She also does menus that are useful - a children's tea, a mid-sumer wedding, etc. Just a great book, I love it! My partner's aunt gave it to him years ago when he first became a vegetarian, and it is one of our treasured books. I love raw tofu and organic spinach and all, but oh man, Rose's potato, cheese, and onion layer bake is my guilty pleasure!