Cold, rainy days call for something warming and filling in a bowl: think soups, stews, salads, and vegetable combinations. In the words of Molly Watson, author of Bowls! Recipes and Inspirations for Healthful One-Dish Meals, “bowls represent everything you want in a meal: easy to make, tasty to eat, and, more often than not, wonderfully frugal.” Head out to the market and stock up on heritage grains and beans, leafy greens, aromatic herbs, and some nice cuts of meat or fish, mix up a flavorful dressing, and settle in. If you really want to make your meal special, find an attractive, hand-thrown pottery bowl from a local artisan like Sarah Kersten Studio, Jered’s Pottery, or the Berkeley Potters Guild.
Bowls of Plenty:
Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals
By Carolynn Carreno
(Grand Central Life & Style, 2017)
More than 75 grain-centric meals using hearty grains like quinoa, farro, millet, and spelt as the base for a variety of combinations of flavorful ingredients.
Nourish Bowls: Simple and Nutritious Balanced Meals in a Bowl
By Quadrille Publishing
(Quadrille Publishing, 2017)
Filling recipes for vegetable, meat, and fish bowls layered over greens, rather than carbs, together with guidance for creating balanced, nutritional combinations.
Bowls! Recipes and Inspirations for Healthful One-Dish Meals
By Molly Watson
(Chronicle Books, 2017)
Strategies for planning and building more than two dozen easy-to-follow recipes for basic sweet and savory bowls and more than 90 variations for creating colorful, protein-rich meals.
Poke: Hawaiian-Inspired Sushi Bowls
By Celia Farrar and Guy Jackson
(Hardie Grant Books, 2017)
Poke (poh-kay) at its most basic is fresh, raw, cubed fish dressed and served over a bed of rice with garnishes. Mix up the type of fish and the garnishes and the possibilities are endless!
Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations
with our readers.