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The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by the Extraordinary Produce of California's Most Iconic Market

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Celebrating the unfamiliar yet extraordinary produce from California's most iconic market, Berkeley Bowl, this cookbook offers recipes for a panoply of fruits and vegetables that have been largely overlooked or forgotten in popular cuisine.

Registered dietician Laura McLively, an avid home cook and creator of the popular blog MyBerkeleyBowl, created a recipe for every
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Published April 17th 2018 by Parallax Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kindle-version
Wow, this is one fabulous cookbook. It is filled with vivid images of fresh ingredients, including images from the independent grocery store that inspired this book. It's my dream grocery store! Some recipes seem fancy (mostly due to the exotic ingredients), others are simple, and many are simple but with a fancy flair! One I will be making soon is the Green Garlic Soup with Lemon Cardamom Yogurt- hello! That won't be the only recipe I try, as I have many bookmarked to try in the future. I love ...more
Whitney
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"And so it is with this winter warmer, where frilly, seaweed-like mushrooms trap a chive-flecked broth between their folds."

With writing like this, it's easy to feel inspired to get into the kitchen and start whipping up some of these eye-appealing, albeit unusual, recipes. McLively knows what she is doing!
I absolutely LOVED this cookbook: the concept is amazing; the photos are rich, vibrant, and impossibly beautiful; and the care and detail she puts into each recipe is unmistakable!

I really
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j e w e l s
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time vegetarian, I know what it's like to be faced with the challenge of coming up with new recipes for the same old veggies at the supermarket. This gorgeous cookbook is inspirational and delicious to read! Truly, food porn at its healthiest!

I have to admit, I've never even heard of some of the produce featured in this book, much less eaten it. This book is born from a blog the author started, MY BERKELEY BOWL, which is an homage to her favorite grocery market in Berkeley, California.
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Katie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, netgalley
Got this book from Netgalley!

To be honest, I approached that book with the trepidation that Southerners have regarding anything from California. Is California really that great? Do Californians deserve to be so smug about where they're from? Will I, a rustic Southerner, be able to grasp all the great Californian concepts?

Basically, I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder about California. However, my hesitation was completely unwarranted. Yes, the book is an homage to California's Berkeley Bowl
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Melissa Dee
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the opening sentence of the introduction to “Berkeley Bowl”, Laura McLively puts her finger squarely on the seductive attraction of this grocery store. When you walk in and are faced with a piece of produce that you have never seen before, never heard of before and have no idea what to do with, the brain starts going, the cookbook searches start flipping, the internet searches start clicking… The fun begins!

BB is about 80 miles down the road from me, so not an every week trip, but when I’m
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Helle
Mar 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Are you a Vegetarian or Vegetable Lover seeking Beautiful, Inventive and Playful recipes? The Berkley Bowl Cookbook is for you! The cookbook's author, Laura McLively , maintains this lovely food blog: https://myberkeleybowl.com/ . and The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook continues in this tradition of fresh, creative vegetarian cuisine. I am a fan of Deborah Madison and McLively's recipes are similar in style - both chefs honour and highlight the qualities of the particular vegetables and fruits. This ...more
Jess
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This cookbook is inspired by the Berkeley Bowl an extensive produce market in California, this lead to the author starting a blog about the food and trying the interesting ingredients by incorporating them new recipes. Solid 3.6 stars from me.

There is a lot of positive things to say about this cookbook. I love the cover design, the gorgeous photos throughout. Recipes are varied and not something I would have ever thought of, ingredients are used that I have never even seen or heard of before.
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Ilana
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am always curious to try unusual fruits and vegetables, because this diversity shows how rich and extraordinary our world is. However, when it comes to introducing them into the daily menu, my brave curiosity stops only at tasting them, one bit at a time. As for now, my best source of 'exotic' fruits and vegetables is my Asian markt but I would be very curious to try other products from South-America for instance, which are almost impossible to be found in Germany in their fresh state.

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Janet
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher -
Description
Celebrating the unfamiliar yet extraordinary produce from California's most iconic market, Berkeley Bowl, this cookbook offers recipes for a panoply of fruits and vegetables that have been largely overlooked or forgotten in popular cuisine.
Registered dietician Laura McLively, an avid home cook and creator of the popular blog MyBerkeleyBowl, created a recipe for
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Gaby F.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are drawn to markets like the Berkeley Bowl, but don't know what to do with the beautiful food that is presented to you, get this book. The founding story of the Berkeley Bowl at the beginning of the book is a very interesting read and it is fascinating how its existence has shaped a whole community. When it comes to the recipes in this book, I have to say that I have never had such intense food cravings as the one I had when I read the Berkeley Bowl. I instantaneously had the urge to ...more
Irida
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Highly recommend this book. The cover is as colorful as the dishes. This book shows how we can have more variety in our diet especially if you are into plant based diet. The recipes I will definitely try are:
1. Vanilla Rubharb Jam
2. Green Garlic soup with Lemom Cardamom Yoghurt
3. Savory Daikon Pancakes with Ginger Maple syrup

This cookbook will be a great addition to your kitchen shelf.
I would like to thank the publisher, Parallax Press, and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange
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JustHB
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know those odd-vegetables that you see sometimes at the farmers market, but rarely have the guts to buy them? Or if you do, once you get home and think "what on earth do I do with this?". Well, this is the go to book for you.

You know those people who have, like, a hundred recipe books and can sit for an evening reading them? Well, this is for those people - everything that could possibly find in a farmers market is discussed in passionate detail. This book will provoke and inspire cooks,
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Patrica Liebe
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
What an Unusual and Unique Cookbook. I was astounded at the amount of very different ingredients. Some of the recipes will be a taste test to remember. I have already earmarked a few to try this weekend. The desserts sound wonderful and I will be taking along some to friends and family for the festive season. I was impressed with the instructions of where one could obtain some of the unusual ingredients and it will be an adventure to try and
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Jennifer Muller
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I recieved a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This is an interesting cookbook. The recipes inside are unusual but they sound fascinating. I can't wait to break out a few of these recipes already.
Annarella
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was curious to see the recipes in this book and it exceeded my expectation. The recipes are exciting and unsual and help to discover new ways of cooking. Many thanks to Netgalley and Parallax Press
Jo
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Extravagant and delicious. This books impress me with the original recipes. The author provides a good choice of recipes that can be don through the year.
Andreea
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

And a small disclaimer, I couldn't see any of the pictures so I will not mention them at all. The cover looks pretty.

As the title suggests, this cookbook focuses on California's most iconic market and it features ingredients we do not use daily (not even weekly). Even so, the good things about this book is that the author offers alternatives so if your market does not have the fancy vegetable that the recipe requires you
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Sarah Lee
I found this to be a very interesting book, but I'm not sure that I personally would be able to eat many of the recipes just because I am a picky eater. Overall the book is full of great recipes and each one has an quick explanation of the fruit, when it might be in season, where you might be able to find it and alternatives to substitute if you can't find it. This is the only reason I knocked a star off, yes alternatives are great, but some recipes are just regular recipes with an exotic ...more
Kristine
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook by Laura McLively is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-May.

The cookbook rotates around veg, seeds, pulse, mushrooms, potatoes, and fruit, since McLively bases her blog with earthy, worldly recipes sourced from the exotic farmer's market of the Berkeley Bowl. She encourages readers/chefs to try new ingredients (like gai lan, lotus root, epazote, yuca, nettle, pomelo, romanesco, green garlic, buddha's hand, and nopal) with my favorite recipes being sweet corn and
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Pat
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook
Recipes Inspired by the Extraordinary Produce of California's Most Iconic Market byLaura McLively from Parallax Press is full of beautiful pictures, interesting recipes and unusual ingredients. The recipes are easy and formatted nicely. It is a wonderful addition for any cookbook collector's bookshelf.
Thank you NetGalley Laura McLively and Parallax Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review
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Megan
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook-club
Great way to explore the weirder side of the produce aisle.
Alicia Bayer
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I was able to read a digital copy of this book through Net Galley. There are a lot of books that I read through that and then put on my wish list to buy myself. This isn't one of them, despite the fact that it is filled with gorgeous photos and does have a lot going for it.

I really like the fact that some of the foods mentioned in this cookbook are foods you can forage, such as gooseberries, nettles, sorrel, purslane, fiddleheads, ramps and morels. As an avid forager, I'm always looking for new
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Bridget
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Oct 19, 2018
Cassandra
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The first thing that drew my to this book was the colors. A cookbook filled completely with recipes of rare, and lesser known produce. Watermelon Radish, Starfruit, Indian Eggplant, Romanesco, and Purple Cauliflower. This book has no lack of beautiful ingredients. The recipes look delicious, and left me feeling a bit braver when it comes to trying new things in the kitchen.

I have received a much appreciated digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest
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Muriel
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook is good for those wanting to stretch their cooking chops with new varieties of vegetables and fruits. Most will be out of their comfort zone, but it is good to try the unfamiliar right? Berkely Bowl has plenty of full-color photos. There are also descriptions of the flavors of food and suggestions for where to purchase the uncommon food like purple potatoes, mizuna, or sorrel along the left side of the recipe. If a recipe calls for something you just can't find the ...more
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