When it comes to quick and easy cooking, nothing beats the wok as a tool. Coming back to London after Christmas, I brought with me one of my old cookery books, one I found in a used book store somewhere ages ago. It is called "Food in a Wok", and contains exactly what it says on the cover.
Main reason I brought that book back is that when it comes to my day to day cooking like lunches and dinners during the week the most important keywords are just those: "quick" and "easy". In the weeks I usually cook for myself, don't have much time for fancy recipes, and I also want to make sure that I make enough food to get left overs for my next lunch or dinner minimising the time I have to put into my solitary cooking while optimising the value for money (cooking for one person, making one meal only every time, gets ridiculously expensive in the long run...).
Face it, cooking for yourself with the purpose of simply making a decent meal is the most boring kind. To me a big part of the enjoyment of cooking is to see other people respond to it. Good or bad, the instant feedback on people's faces makes it a great learning experience every time (and if it turns out good, it is also a nice little ego boost). When the only one who can give feedback is you, it gets sort of boring. And dining in front of a mirror looks silly.
Using the wok lets me make big batches of healthy, interesting and tasty food, while still having fun in the process (or rather, the short time spent on it weighs up for the fact that I am dining alone). That's why I love this cookery book. All the recipes are simple, straight forward, takes no more than 15 minutes to half an hour to make (excluding time for marinating, which is the secret of some of the really tasty recipes) and are based on every day available ingredients.
Today I made a particularly good dish, with some modifications to the original recipe. Already looking forward to eating the rest of it for lunch tomorrow...