The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without by Mollie Katzen
Ask and you shall receive. I ranted about the mean magazine and the library then pinged me with this gem. Chock full of comfort food (grilled artichokes) and things you'd never thought of trying before (pickled brussel sprouts) and cheerfully illustrated and described...I must add this one to my collection.
Bonus - she lives in Berkeley. Think we could be friends?