Book tip August 2017: Bowl food

Bowl Food by Ryland, Peters & Small

Serving only soup in bowls has been a thing of the past for a while now. Many restaurants have adapted this traditional view on bowl food and have turned into a synonym for wholesome comfort eating instead. It’s not just putting food into a bowl instead of on a plate, no, there’s a lot of thought going into each bowl, there has to be a balance of vegetables, fruit, grains, protein and it of course has to be a feast for your eyes as well.

“Noodles, rice, pulses and grains are all an excellent base for any bowl, providing a starting point for whichever vegetables, meat or fish you decide to pair it with. With the days of structured meal times becoming rarer, and a rise in the popularity of superfoods and high-protein diets, bowl food can be enjoyed on a daily basis to ensure you’re well nourished, energized and satisfied.”

Shrimp pad Thai

Shrimp pad Thai – Recipe by Louise Pickford, Photography by Ian Wallace

‘Bowl food’ by Ryland, Peters & Small will give you some great tips and tricks on how to build your own Bowl, which consists of three key elements: the base, the protein and the dressing!

The recipes themselves are then split into chapters organized by the key food groups, starting with Fabulous Fruits, Punchy Pulses, Grains & Seeds. Next Vibrant Vegetables and of course Asian-style food is particularly well suited to a bowl-serve. In Mighty Meat & Poultry you’ll find plenty such options to enjoy, including the popular Korean dish Bibimbap and in Fresh Fish & Seafood Shrimp Pad Thai. All of the delicious and creative recipes included here will inspire you to build your own balanced and beautiful bowls to be enjoyed at any time of the day, all year round.

I absolutely love the ‘Fabulous Fruits’ section in the book, as breakfasts are the meal where I’m least creative. I just have a bowl of Soy & Coconut yoghurt with granola and that is it, sometimes a good ‘aul Irish breakfast in the weekend or a spelt sandwich with Nutella. But the bowls in this book don’t only look gorgeous, they have all the necessary ingredients to kickstart your day without ending up being hungry again after an hour. All the other chapters are truly amazing as well, and gave me loads of inspiration for my lunch (again, usually quite boring in that department myself!) and some great dinners for after a long day of work!

Matcha tea, banana and sesame smoothie bowl

Matcha tea, banana and sesame smoothie bowl – Recipe by Louise Pickford, Photography by Ian Wallace

Book description

Who doesn’t love eating from a bowl? Cupped in hand with a spoon, fork or chopsticks at the ready there is something indulgent and comforting about enjoying your meal straight from a bowl.

Included are an array of meals that can be prepared in no time, from fresh fruit smoothie bowls to simple summer salad bowls; quick cold sushi bowls to warming bowlfuls of broth, you’ll have plenty of ideas for hearty and wholesome noodle, rice, and grain bowls to enjoy at home. There’s no cutting or slicing to do, no need to sit at the table, just enjoy a hearty and delicious bowlful.

Balancing ingredients is key to creating satisfying and exciting bowl food so whether it’s blending up your favorite smoothie fruits and topping them with added sliced ingredients, berries and granola, or layering up the perfect brown rice curry bowl and topping it with a soft-poached egg and a sprinkling of seeds, this book will show you how to fill your bowl with the right tastes and textures every time. Starting with an introduction to Balancing Your Bowl, recipes are then organized by key ingredient, including Matcha Tea, Banana and Sesame, and Mexican horchata smoothie bowls, Tropical Spice, Breakfast “Shake”, Berry Good, Moroccan Harira Soup, Go Green Sushi Bowl, Hawaiian Poke Tuna Bowls with Quinoa and Crispy Ginger, Citrus Broth with Chile and Ginger Shrimp, California Sashimi Bowls with Sticky Rice, Saffron Shrimp with Barley Pilaf, Oven-roasted Romanesco Cauliflower and Carrots with Labne, Slow Roast Pork Noodle Broth, Assam Laksa, Gorgeous Green Soup, Black-eyed Beans in Coconut Milk, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Sweet Summer Squash bowls. This collection of recipes for over 75 ways to fill your bowl is sure to fill you up.

Book info

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (13 Jun. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849758212
ISBN-13: 978-1849758215
Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm

You can buy this book on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon DE

Super spring greens soup

Super spring greens soup – Recipe by Sarah Wilkinson, Photography by Clare Winfield

Heirloom tomato and griddled feta on orzo with lemon dressing

Heirloom tomato and griddled feta on orzo with lemon dressing – Recipe by Louise Pickford, Photography by Clare Winfield

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynn
    August 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    It looks amazing. I love bowls!

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    Celine
    August 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Looks so delicious! Especially that salad!
    Greetings, celine

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    Fleur
    August 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I love to eat out of a bowl, curled up at the couch

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    Sam
    August 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    So pretty! Love the spinach!

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    Danielle | Mama Lifestyle Blog
    August 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Nice pics! Actually I never eat food in a bowl, except soup of course 🙂

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    Jill
    August 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Oeh, ik hou van eten uit kommetjes. Mijn ontbijt en lunch heb ik vaak in een kom zitten. Het lijkt meteen veel, maar vaak is het precies genoeg!

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    Tessa | Daily Inception
    August 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Ziet er lekker uit!

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    Laura | lajoiedevivre
    August 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Looks delicious! I will definitely check out this book!

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    Bianca
    August 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Ik heb er nooit van gehoord maar Shrimp pad Thai ziet er heerlijk uit 🙂

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    Joscelyn
    August 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Love the sound of this book! Just about all my favorite comfort foods are bowl foods!

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    Alexis
    August 11, 2017 at 1:11 am

    All of these look so good! I’m definitely going to have to check out that book. I’ve been wanting to learn how to make smoothie bowls!

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    Susan | susanblogt
    August 13, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Seems like a nice book! Will think about buying it 🙂 I want to learn more things to cook now I live on my own 🙂

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    stephanie parrell
    August 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    OMG! Foodgasim here! I might have to purchase this book to get some more ideas. yum yum!