Best contemporary vegetarian cookbook
There are lots of threads on vegetarian cookbooks. Unfortunately, I can't tell if the recommendations are what I'm looking for.
I'm not a vegetarian, but from time to time I eat at somewhat high-end vegetarian restaurants that knock my socks off. It's not really the vegetarian-ness that interests me, so much as it is the creative use of diverse ingredients (think raw kelp noodles and mixed mushrooms in coconut curry). I'm looking for a cookbook that can help me start cooking dishes in that mold.
The cookbook from The Gate restaurant in London is fantastic. I think it's what you're looking for. Creative dishes with interesting ingredients and combinations. The recipes focus on vegetables rather than faux meats. Beautiful photos, too.
I like Cafe Gratitude vegan restaurant in San Francisco, so I got the book and enjoy the recipes. Note: It's vegan and raw and the book is a bit "out there," but the recipes sound like what you may be looking for:
SF location menu:
There's a book called Great Chefs Cook Vegan, that has exactly those kind of high-end "cheffy" dishes. Also Charlie Trotter did both a vegetable book and a raw book.