In my case, it was the discovery of Isa Chandra Moskowitz and her Post Punk Kitchen cable-access TV show and web site:
and her cookbook, Vegan With A Vengeance.
For too many months now I was cooking the same old bland and blah foods - lentil loaves, beans & rice with variations of tomato based sauces. But once I found Isa, cooking is fun again and I have a very stuffed hubby.
I've already made her Mashed Potatoes and Punk Rock Garbanzo Bean Gravy a number of times, made up 3 different batches of vegan cupcakes, each one more delicious than the next (Luckily she also has a cupcake book coming out later this year), and have had baked or fried tofu in more ways than I knew existed. Heck, her seitan recipe alone is worth the price of the book! No more "brainy" or rubbery seitan but delicious, slicable loaves!
NAYY, just a very happy cook with a very happy hubby.
Does anyone else have a vegan cookbook they can report on?