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Forking Good: A Cookbook Inspired by The Good Place

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A fun, lively, and fully illustrated cookbook of 30 original and practical recipes inspired by NBC's hit sitcom The Good Place, filled with the absurd, pun-driven food humor and accessible philosophy that makes the show so popular with fans.

With its high concept, exceptional writing, eye-popping set design, stellar cast, meaningful explorations of what it means to be a goo
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Quirk Books
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Jun 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
PEEPS and M&M chili? yes?

Candace Robinson
This book made me forking hungry! Fun illustrations and good recipes!
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place

The day before I got this book, my husband offered to go to the store to get what I needed for a roast. I asked him to buy a specific type of potato. He returned with every potato that the store carried except the sort I wanted. What was I going to do with a bunch of potatoes? Especially purple potatoes? The first recipe in this book is for HUME FRIES (hah - get the pun?) It required purple potatoes - problem solved!

The recipes in t
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of The Good Place, this cookbook won't disappoint you. There's lots of quirky fun to be found in here, and some interesting recipes too. There aren't as many recipes as I expect to see in a cookbook, and many of these are the boozy kind, but this didn't hurt my impression at all. There's plenty of variety and, as I'd hoped, nothing is ordinary, while still being doable by an average home cook like me. I mean, that's ultimately what I look for in a cookbook. Oh, and photos of the ...more
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

This sadly wasn't forking good. 

The moment that I saw The Good Place + cookbook, I was convinced I needed this. Sha turned me onto The Good Place earlier this year, and I binge read it all in a few short weeks. It's such a wonderful show with amazing t
This book is so much fun. I don’t normally post cookbooks as books I’ve read. There’s a reason I’m posting this one, it’s more than a cookbook. It is an book that also has recipes.

If you love the Good Place, this will be a good book for you. If you haven’t watched it yet, maybe this book will show you a bit about how fun it is.

This book digs in to a lot of the philosophical ideas mentioned in The Good Place. It explains a bit about the idea, mentions how it applies to The Good Place, gives an ex
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The recipes were clever and I loved the graphics. I loved all the recipes based on Blake Bortles. However, I'm not a philosophy person. Each recipe was prefaced by an essay relating the recipe to philosophy and the show. I understand why this was included since the show is steeped in philosophy, but it made the book drag. I'm not a fan of recipe blogs that make you scroll through a whole long story before you get to the recipe, and that's what this felt like. ...more
Jessica Warren
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
I hate to do this because I love the show The Good Place. There are no actual pictures of food in this cookbook. I’m not that inspired or super trusting that these recipes are anything to write home about. Fun to relate food to philosophy, but at the end of the day it’s a cookbook. I need to want and understand how to make the food.
Jess Manchester
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this book not because I'm a fan of the show but because if the subject of the show comes up during Jeopardy I don't want to be completely ignorant. The recipes are nothing special, very pedestrian, but the titles are humorous. If you're a fan of the show this is probably a must read. ...more
B Pastore
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was won in a Goodreads Giveway. I've never seen the show --- but enjoyed reading through the book and look forward to trying out many of the recipes. The book has quality construction. I have a number of friends that have seen the book out on the counter and have already asked to borrow it! ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This cookbook was not what I expected. I have never seen the show but the amount of research and effort that went into the philosophies and the reasoning behind the recipe choices was refreshing. I'm looking forward to trying some of these recipes.
This book was won as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the tv show
Won the back in a goodreads give away, Thank you. Loved the premise behind the book, funny tie in to the show and fun recipes. Would definitely reccomend to fans of show. In fact getting a copy for my son as a gift.
Mary Cokenour
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this cookbook in a Goodreads Giveway. I've never seen the show, but the stories inside the book are funny to very quirky. Many of the recipes I would like to try out. When it comes to cookbooks, I'm not much on words, so... ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Will I cook anything out of it? No probably not. But I really like the show "the good place" and I found the philosophy discussions interesting. It was cute and a fun read. ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fluffy fun read for the fans of the show ( many "inside" jokes ).

Twas very well done. Honestly I am astonished. It even has some boards in the back of the book for a smooth transition from the US cooking metric system to the actual metric system! As an S.I. gal , I can appreciate that.
Esther  Smith
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s not just a cookbook it’s a cool treat from the TV show The Good Place. Full of cute tidbits and quotes from the show and beyond 🙀. I love it for more than the cookbook.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun read for fans of The Good Place. I was expecting just a cookbook, but it actually has thoughtful commentary on philosophers too. It almost felt like a lighthearted intro to philosophy with a cookbook on the side. Lots of fun references to the show. I did not make any of the recipes but many of them sound great! Something unusual for a cookbook though is the lack of photos/illustrations of the recipes. I think this probably adds to the vibe of being a book about philosophy with a side of cook ...more
Mar 19, 2021 added it
Shelves: semester-2
I really loved this book because first of all The good place is one of my favorite television series so because of that when I saw this book I was very excited to read it. One of my favorite thing about this book is that for each recipe there is a little part of the tv show and how they got inspired by it or from which episode was the recipe from for example the clam chowder was inspired from the clam chowder fountain. I would rate this a ten out of ten and would recommend this to anyone who wat ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cute and clever cook book!

Unfortunately every recipe doesn't have a photo, but the recipes are named after Good Place lines or characters. There's also quotes from each show, a little fake back and forth dialogue between characters, and bits of philosophy. The philosophy takes for each recipe give moral lessons, which tie back to what the characters learn in the show.

Overall the recipes are pretty straightforward.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this review is really more of an endorsement of "The Good Place" than of this cookbook. Your enjoyment of this book is almost entirely dependent on your enjoyment of "The Good Place", which I LOVED LOVED LOVED and already miss! If you think TGP is a smart, funny television program and enjoy nerdy philosophy puns and quotes from favorite shows, you will very much enjoy the hour or two it takes to read this. Oh, and there are a couple of recipes in there also. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Huh... with so many channels to choose from, I totally missed this show! But the recipe book sounded intriguing, so I hunted it up at my local library. Lots of interesting dishes in here. Not sure if they are for real or not...some just sound- interesting! No photos of the dishes, but the illustrations were fun!Chives of Quiet Meditation baffles me socking chives in vinegar? Might be worth a look-see if you enjoy the show!
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was inspired by the philosophy and food humor from the show "The Good Place." It contains thirty recipes for the adventurous cook to try. My favorite is Dante's nine layers of torture bars. Be sure to share. Lots of colorful illustrations are included in the book and lots of philosophy to be learned and enjoyed. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cookbook with some interesting recipes. Also a book with a little food history, philosophical discussion and analysis of the TV show THE GOOD PLACE. If you are a fan of that show, you will definitely enjoy this book. "In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads." ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recipes alongside philosophy lessons and TV references‽ What’s not to like?
Super fun read; I haven’t tried the recipes but I’ll definitely be jotting some down.
Sidenote: Can we make textbooks like this? “Here’s a science lesson and also an applicable recipe and a pop culture reference.” YES PLEASE
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
I agree with most reviews that its sad they reference some of the iconic meals in the show without ever making the recipes. However, this book did a genuinly good job of combining food and philosophy together, which was the whole point of the show. In addition, it tied the recipes to moments in the show, and offered vegan/GF options. It gets a win out of my book.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
Very philosophical and the recipes are pretty transitional with a twist here and there in the ingredients. It felt like the authors were trying a bit to hard. Felt kinda like a spark notes of the show’s philosophy underpinnings with recipes sprinkled in
Russell Howen
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Forking Good: A Cookbook Inspired by The Good Place" is a mixture of food and philosophy. Described as 'An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place', the book provides recipes in every chapter. ...more
Nancy Cohen
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the show and hated seeing it end. This book made me chuckle over the philosophical dilemmas that they all dealt with but tied it to some mouthwatering recipes. Cheered me up just to see the quotes and explanations again. See the show, get the book, Fork why not?!
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is more an illustrated guide to the philosophies underlying The Good Place plot-lines than a cookbook— and I loved it for that reason. Haven’t cooked a single recipe from it and probably won’t but it’s a great read.
Barb Johnson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like the show, you’ll like the cookbook. I can’t see myself making anything but it’s a fun read.
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Valya Dudycz Lupescu has been making magic with food and words for more than 20 years, incorporating folklore from her Ukrainian heritage with practices that honor the Earth. Valya is the author of The Silence of Trees (Wolfsword Press) and founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Along with Stephen Segal, she is the co-author of Forking Good (Quirk Books) and Geek Parenting (Quirk Boo ...more

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