I thought it was amazing to find 2 people in one day doing this, when I had never heard of it before.
Here is a link to some videos by Rox from Ravelry. She talks about different ways to purl and she has a way I had not seen that was a Continental purl. It looks quite easy and you may like it. LINK
Scroll down on the right and look at the choices she has several about purling, I'd recommend all of them for a good picture.
Sue mentioned Portuguese knitting. The way they purl is super easy, but the knit is slightly harder than normal. For rows of purling a person could switch to Portuguese and then back to "regular" for knit rows, that wouldn't help much if you wanted to k1, p1 a lot though.
But it is definitely worth checking into. I haven't seen Portuguese using hooks, but maybe they do that too.