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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 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 good person, and clam chowder fountains, The Good Place has captured the hearts and minds of critics and viewers alike. Known for its unique blend of existential humor and philosophy, the fantasy-comedy follows Eleanor, a young woman who finds herself in a heaven-like utopia known as The Good Place after her untimely death, even though she knows she belongs in The Bad Place. With the help of her new friends Chidi, Tahani, and Jason, Eleanor designs a self-improvement plan to earn her spot in The Good Place, even as her presence threatens the stability of the afterlife, sending jumbo shrimp flying through the sky and frozen yogurt flowing through the streets. For the first time ever, fans can indulge their cravings for The Good Place with delicious, comforting, original recipes like "Macaroni and Socra-cheese," "I Think Therefore I Clam (Chowder)," "Arendt You Glad I Didn't Say Banana (Split)," "I Kant Believe It's Not Buttermilk Pancakes," and more. Each recipe title references a philosopher or philosophical concept from the show and uses food analogies to explain those concepts to readers who, like Eleanor, can't always follow Chidi's lectures. A refreshing and entertaining twist on cookbooks, Forking Good will inspire you to brew a pot of "Moral Uncertain-tea" as you catch up on the latest episode, plan a "Hegel's and Locke's Brunch" for your next viewing party, or whip up a batch of "Muffin to Lose" in between seasons. And if you're not the type to slave over a hot stove, you could always throw on your teal powersuit, make yourself a "Mindy" cocktail (rum and a lot of Coke), and re-binge your favorite show.


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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 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 good person, and clam chowder fountains, The Good Place has captured the hearts and minds of critics and viewers alike. Known for its unique blend of existential humor and philosophy, the fantasy-comedy follows Eleanor, a young woman who finds herself in a heaven-like utopia known as The Good Place after her untimely death, even though she knows she belongs in The Bad Place. With the help of her new friends Chidi, Tahani, and Jason, Eleanor designs a self-improvement plan to earn her spot in The Good Place, even as her presence threatens the stability of the afterlife, sending jumbo shrimp flying through the sky and frozen yogurt flowing through the streets. For the first time ever, fans can indulge their cravings for The Good Place with delicious, comforting, original recipes like "Macaroni and Socra-cheese," "I Think Therefore I Clam (Chowder)," "Arendt You Glad I Didn't Say Banana (Split)," "I Kant Believe It's Not Buttermilk Pancakes," and more. Each recipe title references a philosopher or philosophical concept from the show and uses food analogies to explain those concepts to readers who, like Eleanor, can't always follow Chidi's lectures. A refreshing and entertaining twist on cookbooks, Forking Good will inspire you to brew a pot of "Moral Uncertain-tea" as you catch up on the latest episode, plan a "Hegel's and Locke's Brunch" for your next viewing party, or whip up a batch of "Muffin to Lose" in between seasons. And if you're not the type to slave over a hot stove, you could always throw on your teal powersuit, make yourself a "Mindy" cocktail (rum and a lot of Coke), and re-binge your favorite show.

30 review for Forking Good: A Cookbook Inspired by The Good Place

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    PEEPS and M&M chili? yes? PEEPS and M&M chili? yes?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    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 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 this book contain a brief summary of the episode from THE GOOD PLACE that inspired it. This book is a good basic cookbook that is very entertaining. This show is the one thing we agree about television and watch together. I am so sad that it is ending but I will have this cookbook to remind me of the episodes always. Plus, it saved my husband.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A fun book exploring some of the philosophies covered in the show The Good Place. Each recipe ties in, in some way, to either the show or a philosphy/philosopher. It's a great quality book; the commentary is fun and interesting, and some of the recipes look great. I took off a star because there are no photos of the food. The graphics are great - upbeat and fun, but I like photos of the actual recipes. A fun book exploring some of the philosophies covered in the show The Good Place. Each recipe ties in, in some way, to either the show or a philosphy/philosopher. It's a great quality book; the commentary is fun and interesting, and some of the recipes look great. I took off a star because there are no photos of the food. The graphics are great - upbeat and fun, but I like photos of the actual recipes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet And Her Books

    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 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 food. Which this book does not have. No photos is usually a huge deal breaker between me and a cookbook, but thinking about style here, Forking Good wouldn't have the same whimsical feel with photographs weighing it down. Instead we get bright, imaginative illustrations and clever narrative you actually want to read. Fair trade. Now I'm trying to decide between making Dante's Nine Layers of Torture Bars or Chosen Yogurt Chocolate Camousse for the Season 4 Premiere. 🤔 And yes, Janet is my favorite character. (I won an early copy of Forking Good in a Goodreads giveaway.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    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 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 twists and turns, humor, and heart. I love it, and Sha and I totally recommend. So a cookbook??? Based on this epic show?? SIGN ME THE FORK UP.  That being said, I wasn't quite impressed with this read. Tbh, it felt more like a short history on philosophy?? Like, we got more information on the big name philosophers that Chidi talks about throughout the shows. I mean, there are by far 3x more information on them than talking about The Good Place. I just wanted for more fun Good Place references, and I really wasn't that enthralled learning more about the theories, philosophers, etc.  I also wasn't really a fan of any of the recipes. Nothing really called out to me. I was hoping for a few more desserts - um, especially a good frozen yogurt one - but most of the recipes, I really didn't see any that I liked. A few of the dessert ones looked intriguing, and I might try them, but they just didn't fit really with my tastes nor appealed to me to try.  Overall, this had some cute moments, but I didn't really enjoy this. I thought it was more of a homage to philosophy than The Good Place. A few of the desserts might be worth a try.  rating: Cinderella representation: n/a  content warnings: n/a read this if you: if you really love philosophy, enjoy touches of The Good Place references, and aren't a picky eater

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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 example of the philosophical idea in action, then it incorporates a recipe that references both the philosophical idea and The Good Place. The recipes I’m going to try first are Eggistential Crisis and Demon Prawn. Since I haven’t tried any recipes yet, I wasn’t sure I should assign a star rating yet. I may come back after trying the recipes and rate it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Crandall

    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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Warren

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess Manchester

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hanae

    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 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 watched the good place.

  11. 5 out of 5

    B Pastore

    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! 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    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. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Cokenour

    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... 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...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    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. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    hielianthos

    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. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Esther Smith

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    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 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 cookbook rather than the other way around. All in all a fun and breezy book that made me smile.

  20. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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. 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    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!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    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. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    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." 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."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    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

  27. 4 out of 5

    Russell Howen

    "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. "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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Cohen

    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?!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb Johnson

    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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