Review by Hilary Whates
As a big fan of home-made soup I was delighted when this book popped through my door. I wasn’t disappointed. Beautifully illustrated throughout each turn of the page brought another fabulous idea to try.
I needed no excuse – at this time of the year soup is just the thing to warm you up on a cold, damp and miserable day. So armed with my new book I headed into the kitchen and got the soup pan out. The first thing you notice about this book is that every soup has a slight variation from the traditional recipe you would expect. This is partly because this is a US publication so invariably there are a few ingredients listed that the unsuspecting reader may be unfamiliar with. But it is always possible to google for information and then substitute if you are unable to find the exact spice or ingredient referred to.
The book begins by examining the basics of good soup making – so an absolute novice soup maker would find all they need here to get off the mark. The soup types are divided into easy chapters – Chilled, Vegetable, Legume, Nut and Bean, Seafood, Poultry and lastly Meat.
For my first foray into testing the recipes in the book I chose Parsnip, Prosciutto, and Potato Soup on page 200 – all ingredients that I love! The instructions were all very easy to follow and in a very short space of time we were enjoying a really delicious soupy lunch – divine!
I must also recommend the recipe for Salmon and Corn Chowder – amazingly quick to make, looks impressive and is absolutely delicious.
Sprinkled throughout the book are delightful diversions for example on page 48 is a recipe for Crunchy Chickpeas – to sprinkle in the soup on the preceding page – Minted Spice Green Pea Soup – but also lovely as a nibble for guests (or just for you!). Crunchy Leek Topping on page 91 is a great idea for using the darker green parts of leeks – if a little bit decadent as cooked in oil.
There is a very comprehensive index at the back of the book so if you need inspiration to make soup from ingredients in your fridge and cupboard you are bound to find something to fit the bill!
A lovely book to have on the shelf and one that I have already referred to several times! In fact – it’s time for lunch, miserable outside – time to try ‘Rainy Day Tomato Bisque’ on page 79!
Highly recommend. Happy eating people!
RRP: £15.99 (Hardback) | ISBN: 978-1-58157-228-5
Available to buy from Amazon here.