My husband just signed up for a 4-month medical study that requires him (i.e. the family) to go vegan. We've been mostly vegetarian for a few years, but cooking without cheese, butter, and eggs seems pretty daunting. I'm imagining a life of beans, pasta, and "veggie ragouts" over couscous. bleh.
When I became vegetarian, the cookbooks that really helped were the ones that helped me understand how to make a meal without meat as the central focus. Peter Berley's were the best - I'm pretty sure I would've given up without these. The popular ones like Deborah Madison or Mark Bittman just read like a giant list of side dishes, and I spend forever trying to meal plan for my family.
Are there any vegan cookbooks out there that help you with meal planning? I'm an adventurous cook, but need to get dinner on the table in 45 mins every night for a hungry family. Thanks!