Maybe some of you have already discovered this little gem, but it was new to me and I'm still reeling over how ingenious it is. You just roll a clove of garlic inside this rubber tube a few times, and it removes the skin completely---in about three seconds. That's right. It completely peels the clove in seconds. The first time I did this, I actually jumped back and gasped! I couldn't believe it. It worked so well, that I decided to peel two whole heads of garlic while I was at it for convenience sake. My hand was tired after all that rolling, but I had weeks worth of garlic ready and waiting, which I stored in this covered glass dish inside the fridge. So worth it in the end; as a huge time saver. You do need to rinse the skins out of the plastic tube every so often otherwise it loses its friction power, but other than that, I couldn't find anything wrong with it. Oh, and it comes in a cute little case for storing too. Found it on-line here.
And thanks everybody for the cookbook suggestions, I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for them. (no pun intended!)