I'm not a vegetarian but have quite a lot of friends who are, so got a vegetarian cookbook (I can still also remember coming to London with my mother as a teenager to eat for a treat at Crank's Restaurant - we are very sad it no longer exists). This book is full of lovely, not-too-difficult and healthy recipes of all kinds, involving rice, pasta, pulses, potatoes and lots of vegetables of all kinds. A few of the meals are a tiny bit heavy or a bit dry, but there's lots of good things to choose from. The warm pasta salad with rocket and sundried tomato and parmesan has become a regular for my lunch to take to work, we eat the chickpea and spinach salad regularly (though I'm ashamed to admit, often with lamb!), and I still regularly cook some of the main meals, particularly:
The kidney and blackbean chilli with sour cream
The artichoke, pinenut and olive pasta
The chickpea and spinach curry
Even better, there's an amazing selection of puddings at the back of the book. It was sheer genius to think of adding dark brown sugar, apples, brandy and extra spices to bread-and-butter pudding; it transforms it into an amazing confection. The lemon tart is also lovely, as are the fruit crumbles. The fruit savarin is delicious if hard to make - put aside a few hours - and the chocolate roulade with raspberries has become my party piece. And the peaches stuffed with raspberries make a good mid-week pud.
A great book and fitting homage to a once-great restaurant.