I am getting bored with my food again... I tend to get into ruts where I make the same things over and over, and, let's be honest, that's no fun! Can anyone recommend some really good cookbooks? I am not a great cook, but I can follow a recipe well.
Oh there are so many awesome cookbooks out there, I don't know where to start.
I use Vegan Planet pretty much every single day. It's huge! It has 555 pages (I checked) I think it has about 400 recipes in totoal. It has 20 different chapters. The chapters iclude "love at first bite", "going with the grain" and "simply stuffed".
I have two recipes that I make at least once a month. The Indian-spiced lentil soup and the "Backyard barbecue chili". I can't cook at all and I find the recipes easy to follow.
Supercook is great, you can enter all the ingredients you normally have on hand, and it'll list recipes that use them. And give you additional recipes that only need 1 or 2 more ingredients from the store.
My first vegetarian cookbook was "1,000 Vegetarian Recipes" by Carol Gelles. It's fantastic and very user friendly. I have some omni friends that I let borrow it who loved it. Since I'm veering towards being vegan I noticed that a lot of the recipes can be veganized rather easily also.
~Veg Times Cookbook (Just got it but already marked a billion things. Most easily veganized, like the mag.)
~Moosewood Simple Suppers (Not even vegetarian. It's pescatarian but only has one chapter on fish that I've obviously never even glanced through. It's useable. It's delicious quick food. Sorta veganizeable. I have put this down for about the past year in favor of V'con and others but still a wonderful, inspiring cookbook)
~Shop for random cookbooks. Go to yard sales (though you'll likely not find veg ones but they'll be cheap!), go to used bookstores, book sales at schools, your library etc and just stock up on different cookbooks. Things that inspire you. Buy a cookbook of a certain region that has food you love but might not cook so much, just be careful the ingredients are readily available.
Have fun! Occasionally I get bored with my food too. I usually go to the grocery store/HFS a few days after I've just been and wander for awhile. I buy things that look good. Just extra stuff since I know all the meals have been planned and purchased. It helps me figure out what I'm in the mood for.