Bowls of goodness book review

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Bowls of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment by Nina Olsson

I never really considered bowl food or bowl eating very much until one day while I was watching the cookbook mail being opened at Food52 during a Facebook Live session (if you’re not familiar, someone sits and opens the mail and presents all the upcoming/new titles from publishers). A couple titles were related to bowl cooking and the person opening the envelopes and showing the books made a comment about how bowl-foods were trending/having a moment. But these comments really got me thinking — is this really a trend or a bigger shift in our collective food mindset?

I think that this is what Nina Olsson really taps into in her book Bowls of Goodness. Early in the introduction she talks about being a child in the 70s when she ate home-cooked meals and how when the ’80s arrived so did the convenience food and microwave dinners. She talks about moving into her first home and feeling the need to move back towards home-cooked and home-baked foods. Olsson does point out that there is an ancient “human tradition of eating from bowls” so while this movement seems very modern it’s rooted in history.

It’s hard not to love her recipes. If you’ve ever visited her website, Nourish Atelier, you’ll find beautifully styled photos of the most gorgeous looking food. I’ve always found that her recipes look to create a moment with the eater in which they become more connected with the wholefood way of cooking and eating. Life is complex but this cookbook is not — I’ve found it to be full of easy, satisfying recipes that anyone can enjoy.

Case in point, on a recent family road trip we spent a couple weeks with my mother-in-law who isn’t into cooking but is really adventurous when it comes to trying different foods. It was during this trip that I brought Bowls of Goodness with me — my MIL kindly let me take over her kitchen so I could try out some recipes. It was her first time eating Farro or Burrata and she discovered that she enjoyed them! So while it may be that you’ll pick up a cookbook and feel that the ingredients are too different remember that you might find food you really enjoy. I even got to try out a recipe that takes my husband’s favourite meal (roasted tomatoes on spaghetti) and completely elevates it — the Slutty Pasta! combines roasted tomato puttanesca with wholegrain pasta which I served topped with crushed fresh nuts and herbs. The whole bowl was bright, lively, and delicious.

Her book is organized by chapters — Good Morning Sunshine, Soups, Salads, Grain Bowls, Noodles, Zoodles, and Pasta, Hearty Meals, Sharing and Sides, It’s Sweet — there are recipes to suit any time of day or occasion. Her book is vegetarian — eggs and dairy are used but in a way so that if they were omitted the integrity of the recipe would remain intact (there are a few exceptions — like her beetroot pasta which requires eggs for the dough). All of the recipes are inspired by ingredients from around the world. If you’re living in a bigger city you should have no problem sourcing ingredients — I live in a city of less than half a million and I successfully procured all components of the recipes I tried.

One of the biggest food experiences when I was younger was when my sister and I got invited to a “grown-up dinner” at the house of friends of my parents. It was really special because it was the first time I had ever eaten fondue! At the time, this woman didn’t have any children but I’m sure when she’d invited us she tried to think of the most kid-friendly but dinner party acceptable food. It was a big success so when I saw the recipe for Butternut Squash “Cheese” Fondue I was so excited to make it for my daughter. She loved being able to choose her own crudites and what child wouldn’t love skewering their food and dunking it in sauce?? And, I might add, while having fondue seems very special-occasiony this version is very simple and took no time to make. Aside from roasting the squash, plating the raw veg was easy like Sunday morning (and clean-up was almost nil!!).

While all of Olsson’s food is extremely nourishing and comforting she makes sure to include some sweet treats at the end. Doesn’t this Nice Cream and Caramel Sauce w/ Coconut & Peanut Shred look utterly decadent? Not only is this dessert bowl super decadent and lush but it’s also full of wholefood ingredients. The ice cream is really blended frozen bananas which is a perfect stand-in for the dairy-based variety and at only one ingredient makes those multi-ingredient, store-bought kinds look very unappealing.

After trying many of her recipes, I think that what any type of bowl-foods offer is a change in mindset rather than just a passing trend. Slowly what I think of as being a “proper” dinner (on a plate!) is being replaced by these amazing combinations of raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, and grains served in a bowl. Funny enough the feeling is still there when a meal is home-cooked — nourishment, comfort, love, connectedness. So while the meal of my childhood looks different than my daughter’s childhood meals the feelings remained the same. What Bowls of Goodness offers is a way to enjoy the simple art of vegetarian cooking while using the very best whole-ingredients.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kyle Books and Nina Olsson for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Dig into these colorful and hearty vegetarian bowls that range from smoothies bowls to soups, noodles, grain-based layerings and even dessert. Vegan blogger Nina Olsson is out with a new book to fill you up with refreshing and hearty recipes. Served with no-fuss, stunning style, Bowls of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment with bring creativity to your weekly meal plan. Smoked Tofu and Green Pea Salad. The book is filled with recipes for bowl-served meals that range from breakfast to dinner, with bowls of side dishes and even desserts scattered throughout. We were captivated not only by the beautiful photography, but also by the stunning pottery featured in the images. Nina says that her favorite bowls are from second hand and antique shop or hand-me-downs from relatives.

Tasty, gorgeous food in a bowl. It is a recipe for awesomeness. So it only stands to reason that a whole book of recipes for food in a bowl would be too. Bowls of Goodness combines the current love for everything in Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.

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