Bowl + Spoon is my first experience from author and blogger Sara Forte. This book is an inspiration for how I would love to eat, everyday. As our family moves towards eating whole foods, mostly composed of fruits and veggies this book is an invaluable resource of recipes. And the scope of bowls – mornings, sides, big/mains, sweets, sauces – carries us through an entire day.
The ingredient lists are fresh, full flavored, lean and balanced. While not specifically falling into any one category for vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free most of the recipes are easy to substitute to suit a variety of diets, with helpful head notes that include suggestions for the like. A number of recipes include items that we do not normally incorporate into our diet (tempeh, ahi tuna) but Forte makes them appealing and accessible when paired with common ingredients (chickpeas, cauliflower, rice) and bright, appealing flavors (ancho chilies, tahini, za’atar).
The recipe head notes are informative and personable. The layout of the recipes is one of my favorites in recent cookbook releases. Plus, the book lies flat when open on the counter! The ingredients list is easy to read and the directions are concise and straightforward. Forte’s tone is conversational and realistic in her suggestions. The photographs, done by Forte’s professional photographer husband Hugh, are phenomenal. Sun soaked, mid-action and composed shots that make the food truly drool worthy.
Recipes we’ve tried so far:
Forte’s book has become one of my favorite books to plan our family’s weekly meals from. When cooking from it I know we’ll eat healthy throughout the week with a variety of foods and loads of vegetables. As a mother I appreciate the ease of serving one dish that incorporates a balanced meal.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.