Still Life with Menu Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes with Original Art by Mollie Katzen
This vegetarian cookbook is one of my standards. And the cool thing is that it includes recipes for full menus, so I can make sure I’m preparing a salad that goes well with the main course and a dessert that complements the dinner. The other thing I love is that it offers a timeline to help you prepare the meals in advance. For example, 2 days ahead, you can roast and peel the peppers and prepare the cookie dough. One day ahead, cut the vegetables and cook the soup. It revolutionized the way I approach other recipes, since now I have discovered the shocking concept that I can break the preparation down into steps to do in advance. Embarrassing that it took a book to alert me to this, but there it is. My favorites from this cookbook: Lentil Chili, Autumn Vegetable Soup, Sweet and Sour Soup with Pineapple and Basil, Spinach Roll-Ups with Lime Chutney, Applesauce-Cocoa Cake, and Chocolate Chip-Mint Cookies.