Those who know me know one thing - I have a deep love for a well-written cookbook. My collection ranges from Food Network chefs, to Julia Child, to Jeremiah Tower, to the everyday family meal variety. I only keep the very best, most practical and helpful books on my limited shelf space that's right in my kitchen.
That space is for the A-team. It's easily accessed by either myself or my kids to get ideas, inspiration and step-by-step instructions to make a truly memorable meal in minutes.
If you love using local produce, and you are a farmer's market regular but lack the ability to find quick, easy, creative solutions to actually eat and enjoy your finds at the end of your busy day - this is an indispensable book for your cook book collection! It is an unbelievable help to me after I come home from work and want to make something healthy either for myself or my whole family.
The great thing about Bowls! is that there is so much diversity in the types of ingredients you can use, and it helps to introduce kids (and adults, for that matter) to some exciting new produce, proteins and grains. The very healthy options offered make this a totally guilt-free purchase, because it will likely save you money, time and energy when you're living a healthy lifestyle. By giving the home cook so many options for combining familiar flavors with colorful fresh produce, it makes the process of deciding what to cook so much easier. Even a basic pantry can definitely provide the ingredients needed on any given weeknight.
It is laid out in a highly visual format, and it's easy to flip through with pictures to guide you to your lunch or dinner of choice. The recipe descriptions show the flexibility of each dish, and give you options if you like to swap one item for another (GREAT for picky eaters!).
It even gives you a variety of topping options that you can use for any recipe you cook. From homemade kimchi, to caramelized nuts and quick pickled onions - these are SUPER SIMPLE ways to make any recipe you cook truly special.
Overall, I'd give this book an 8/10 for a great family-friendly cookbook for your weeknight meals. I'd love to hear what you think about it, too!