I realize this post is anathema to the garlic-lovers out there, but here's the point of it: I've got a garlic intollerance. Not a full-on allergy (thank goodness) but unpleasant things happen to my body if I eat more than a trace, and more than a hint pretty much ruins any dish for me anyway because it simply kills my appetite. I discovered this after some vegetarians had me over and there was nothing to eat but thousand garlic lasagna, and, well, it was unpleasant.
Anyway, I have a fairly substantial cookbook collection, but only one vegetarian one because, as I discovered with that book (The Greens Cookbook) and every other one I've looked at since, vegetarian cookbooks seem to equate the words "delicious" and "flavorful" with "contains garlic." And simply substituting or omitting is a recipe for boring food.
Anyone able to point to a vegetarian cookbook where, with the exception of the desserts section, there is not an over-reliance on garlic? I haven't found one with less than a one-in-three percentage containing garlic, and even that estimate seems generous.