The very first cookbook I bought was “The Not-strictly Vegetarian Cookbook” by Lois Dribin and Susan Ivankovich. It features a lot of easy to make vegetarian dishes (Lasagna with Tofu and Spinach is a surprising favorite) along with some fish and poultry. The authors also encourage using sweetners other than sugar, such as maple syrup or apple sauce, when making desserts.
The paperback cookbook is handwritten with folksy pen-and-ink drawings. It had just the right tone to encourage a recent college graduate to start an adventure in home cooking.
Do you have a favorite cookbook that you find yourself returning to over and over again? Let me know about it!