You can never have too many recipes, and with Robin Robertson's 1,000 Vegan Recipes, you'll be spoiled for choice.
You might think that there's a direct correlation between how much time you spend in the kitchen, and how good the fruits of your labors will be. In fact, it's entirely possible to prepare a delicious and healthy meal without cooking for hours. Susann Geiskopf-Hadler and Mindy Toomay provide recipes and tips in their cookbook 15-Minute Vegetarian.
If you love garlic, this garlicky mayonnaise is a real treat. It's incredibly easy to make and unbelievably delicious.
Raw food recipes sometimes require soaking and/or dehydration and thus take many hours to prepare, which can be downright discouraging for would-be living foodists. Enter Alive in Five, by Angela Elliot, a small book filled with scores of recipes that take minutes to prepare but still look and taste great.
Crispy strips of seitan smothered in almonds and brown sauce make a great vegan alternative to the classic Chinese-American recipe, soo guy.
Almond cookies from China (and some Chinese restaurants) are light and crispy.
Antipasto, which means "before food" in Italian, is a salad-like appetizer consisting of various fresh and pickled vegetables, cheeses, and rolled or sliced meats. For vegetarian antipasto, you can either substitute mock meat products or leave them out altogether.
Sweet, tart, and slightly crunchy, these apple burgers might sound weird, but they definitely taste good.
It's easy to make compote: just stew up some dried fruit and enjoy it with dessert.
I love fruit cobblers, and apricots and strawberries make a particularly nice combination.