Closed to the meat.

So, in an effort to do something about my cholesterol I'm thinking about how to reduce my meat, dairy and egg intake as much as I can. To this end:

Dear Lazyweb,

Where is a good place for a life-long carnivore to find a gentle introduction to meat-free/vegan cooking?



Any thoughts, suggestions, etc. would be much appreciated.
It is summer, which makes things easier. When I did it I sort of eating meat and cheese things for lunch and swapped to salads. Then in the evenings I cut down heavily mainly using the principle that I will eat it a lot less often, but when I do eat it I will eat something really good think one good steak a week. Also things like chilii and curry all work well in vegetarian mode and fish is always good.
Yeah, my plan is to save the meaty meals for occasional good restaurant visits, etc., or eating at friends.

I think I've come to realize that what I'm looking to learn about is how to actually work with tofu, tempeh, etc. as that is what is unknown to me. I can cook just about any vegetable under the sun, I just need to have something else to build the meal around. :)
again i find that you can cook lots of vegetable dishes in their own right and not trying to look for a meat substitute. As I said vegetable curry or say stuffed marrow/peppers, ratatouille... well google will give you a near endless list. IMHO they tend to be a lot better then the vegetarian dishes that pretend to be meat