In both my day-to-day life and here on the blog, 2016 was the year of bowls. Lunch bowls became an everyday thing for me, and then they started to take over my Instagram account. In March, I wrote a post detailing how I assemble my lunch bowls, with details about my favorite fixings and the nutritional guidelines I use to help guide me.
Why all the love for bowls? Well, for one thing, they’re easy. Throw a few staples into a bowl, drizzle it with dressing, and call it a day–a good bowl meal is no more complicated than that! Bowls let us get plenty of variety in a single meal without making our lives complicated or demanding too much cooking effort. And, lets face it, there’s just something undeniably cozy-feeling about eating a meal from a bowl.
I’m not the only person who loves bowls. My friend Jackie Sobon–the creative and talented force behind the blog Vegan Yack Attack–has even more persuasive things to say about the power of a great bowl:
Those wise words are from the introduction of Jackie’s awesome new cookbook, Vegan Bowls Attack! The book is a love letter to the bowl meals Jackie loves so much, and it’s a gift to any vegan–or anyone, really–who wants to take her bowl game to the next level. Divided into breakfast bowls, snack bowls, soup and salad bowls, and entree bowls, the book features 100 smart, colorful, and diverse bowl recipes.
The book also features useful tips on how to prep and assemble bowls, how to batch cook ingredients, and it even contains a chapter full of bowl essentials (like smoky tahini sauce and–for the dessert bowls–date caramel sauce). Some of the recipes I’ve been eyeing include the kimchi bowl with red curry almond sauce:
The spicy sushi bowl:
And the amaretto cherry ice cream (yum!):
Jackie’s vibrant, appetizing photographs make the whole book come to life, and her down-to-earth tone makes creating the perfect bowl feel easy and attainable for any home cook. If you read Jackie’s blog, then you already know that she has a special talent for making vegan living feel welcoming and accessible. That same attitude and approach is on full display in this warm, playful collection of recipes.
There are so many bowls from Vegan Yack Attack that I’m eager to incorporate into my routine, but the one that caught my eye first is Jackie’s vegan fish taco bowl. I’ve definitely tried my hand at creating homemade version of poultry and meat dishes, but I have yet to really experiment with plant-based interpretations of seafood.
I love that Jackie uses something super simple–hearts of palm–for the “fish” in this recipe, and her simple cabbage slaw and pico de gallo sweeten the deal. This is a perfectly refreshing, light, and balanced bowl meal for summer!
If you’re interested in exploring Vegan Bowls Attack! for yourself, you’re in luck. Jackie and her publisher have generously agreed to offer one US or Canadian reader of this blog a free copy! Enter below to win; I’ll announce the winner on the widget in two weeks.
I know it’s been a while since I shared a cookbook review, but I have a few others coming up this month and next, so stay tuned for more news about great new recipe collections!
And for now, I wish you all a wonderful start to the weekend. See you soon, for weekend reading.