As a lover of food and cooking, when I became vegan nine months ago I began experimenting with a wide variety of new recipes and new ways to make old favorites. I bought several vegan cookbooks and scoured the web in search of ideas and advice. I made 3 or 4 new dishes every week. This was one of the first books I bought and despite later purchases and the wide variety of recipes available on the web, I come back to this book again and again. Many cookbooks, vegan and otherwise, contain a few gems, some recipes that are interesting looking but which I couldn't really see myself making, and quite a few that I'm simply not attracted to. This book is cover-to-cover great recipes (more than 400) that I could see myself making if I haven't already. As well as familiar items creatively done like sandwiches, salads, soups and various veggies, many recipes borrow from different ethnic cuisines (Thai drunken noodles, baked sweet potato and green pea samosas, etc.) but are accessable and easy enough to prepare that they're not daunting. There are recipes suitable for parties and entertaining, special occasions (including a chapter on desserts), and casual every day meals. Overall this is just a really fantastic cookbook. I highly recommend it.