I finally decided to stop deluding myself that my knee issues weren't at least exacerbated -- if not caused -- by the extra pounds I'm carrying around.
I don't believe in "diets" per se -- I believe any diet that prescribes certain foods and forbids others is going to fail, eventually. So what I'm doing is reducing fats (especially added fats in cooking) and sweets and exercising careful portion control, and shooting for 1500 calories a day.
I actually have one cookbook I like: the Nutri/System Flavor Setpoint Cookbook. I like it because the recipes are flavorful (the premise of the book is that people eat more because they're trying to satisfy their need for taste and texture), and because it doesn't rely on a lot of "fake" foods. But one cookbook isn't going to do it for me for the long haul, so does anyone have any recommendations for a book with similar attributes?