Though I don't use cookbooks much to follow recipes, I do love to have a bunch of them on hand for inspiration. Sometimes, when I'm in the cooking mood, but don't have a specific meal in mind, I like to pull out 4 or 5 cookbooks to flip through for new ideas or to remind me of old ones.
One of my new favorites is Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet. I read her book a while ago and was superinspired! The first half of the book speaks to why being vegan is so important both for our bodies and our planet. She writes simply and covers all the bases. It's definitely worth a read!
The second half of the book is filled with her favorite recipes and most of them are easy, delicious, and relatively innovative.
After the book hit the stores, Alicia also launched a fabulous website that is part blog, part forum, and totally informative and motivating. You can check it out at www.thekindlife.com. I read it almost daily and it's introduced me to so many new products, recipes, and organizations.