"Vegetarian Cooking for Every Day" offers an introduction to vegetarianism and vegetarian cooking along with dozens of mostly quick, mostly vegan, mostly easy, and all healthy recipes.
Originally published in 1997 and updated for a 10th anniversary edition, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has long been one of my favorite cookbooks. Deborah Madison cooked at Chez Panisse before founding Greens in 1979, a landmark restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though she is not a vegetarian, Deborah Madison knows good food, knows how to cook it, and, most importantly, knows how to teach others to do the same.
The Middle East is a vast region that includes numerous countries, cultures, and religions, but many of the primary ingredients used are shared due to similar climates and even some ancestry. In Vegetarian Dishes from Across the Middle East, Arto der Haroutunian does an admirable job of bringing together a collection of recipes from these far-ranging countries.
The Regency House Spa is a vegetarian, holistic resort north of Miami Beach, Florida. Their cookbook, Vegetarian Magic, should really be titled "Vegan Magic," as there are no animal products in any of the recipes.
Having traveled extensively in Central America, I've spent a lot of time looking longingly at meat-filled pupusas, tamales, tacos, and empanadas, wishing there were vegetarian alternatives. Even refried beans are normally made with lard, so I've never eaten much traditional Latin American food. All that changed with Viva Vegan!
The recipes in this book are pretty easy for the most part, so this is a great option for those new to cooking, especially vegan cooking. But I'm not a big fan of exclamatory cookbook titles, and in the case of You Won't Believe It's Vegan!, it's even a bit misleading.