I am a huge fan of libraries. Even my local ones, which are generally sad, under-funded affairs. No matter! There are still gems to be found, if you're willing to spend a little time cruising the racks. (And I am.)
Today's gem is Quick Vegetarian Pleasures: More than 175 Fast, Delicious, and Healthy Meatless Recipes by Jeanne Lemlin. Talk about a diamond in the rough! The copy I picked up had a huge tear in it's cover, and food stains everywhere. It was grubby, to say the least. Fortunately, with cookbooks that's sort of a good sign. (Sort of. It's a better sign if you know where the stains came from. But I digress.)
I didn't expect much out of this oldie (1992!), but wow. It's fantastic! Very nearly every recipe I tried turned out great. Great as in worth putting into the regular rotation. Great as in fast, too.
Some favorites are the Corn Chowder (savory!) and the Vegetable Gratin, which has an almost tuna noodle casserole thing going for it. In a really good way.
The Breads, Muffins, Etc. section is full of great stuff. Quite frankly, I am a terrible baker. I enjoy it, but most of what I bake bears more resemblance to doorstops than actual edible goodness. However! Somehow, the recipes I've tried from the section have all turned out great. Is it the magic of 1992 coursing through the book? (Hmmm...that is the year I decided to go vegetarian...)
So, in summation, if you see a grimy old copy of Quick Vegetarian Pleasures, pick it up! (And probably apply hand sanitizer. Who knows where that book has been?)
And if you can't find it at your own local library,
Amazon's got your back. (Look! No rips, tears or food stains! Score!)