The Plenty cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi was a birthday present from the lovely Laura (she also made me something, you can see on her blog here!)
I've recently become tired of how overstyled food photography has become, with impossible food combinations and impractical shoots (fully iced cupcakes emerging from an oven was a recent low point). In Plenty, the food looks really good, but in a foodie rather than photographer way.
The cookbook is vegetarian, but not in a chest-thumping way, because Yotam Ottolenghy isn't himself a vegetarian. So, it isn't loaded with moral imperatives or reassurances of tastiness. It's always struck me as alienating and nonconstructive to present a vegetarian diet with those kinds of arguments anyway (this from a decade+ old vegetarian).
In a way, this cookbook is as simple as it gets; driven by tastiness and originality above style, branding or ethical arguments. I'm marking up some recipes and can't wait to try them out! Thanks again Laura!