WHOLENEWME79 has good book recommendations. On the vegan cooking front, anything by Isa Chandra Moskovitz is great; I've cooked a bunch of things from "Vegan With A Vengeance", for example.
I'm not vegan, but my SO is; I tend to eat mostly pescatarian around the house (I eat a good number of eggs as well as fish, mainly sardines and similar). I don't have a health or ethical reason for going vegan, though I think the environmental case for eating *a lot less* meat is great, as is the animal welfare case against almost all 'factory' meat. Someone mentioned the Mediterranean diet -- or, if not the 'official' "Medterranean Diet" (tm), but the idea of veggies, fish, olive oil and nuts ... etc. --, and I'd say that's a great way to go. Anyway, living with a vegan, what works for us: lots of legumes ... lentils as well as various beans: protein, fiber, good carbs (paired with some but not a lot of grains, like brown rice). Lots of green veggies, both in salads and roasted or steamed. "Good" fats via nuts and olive oil; almost no saturated fat or trans-fats, and basically a lack of highly processed foods (though the Easter chocolate we have right now is a challenge!)
I still like a good steak or burger ... but I want a *good* steak or burger, medium rare and delicious, not whatever cheap cut I can get that has to be cooked well-done and slathered in sauce.
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