Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Soup Club Cookbook

The Soup Club began when four friends (who, between them, have four husbands and ten hungry kids and several jobs) realized that they didn’t actually have to cook at home every night to take pleasure in a home-cooked meal. They simply had to join forces and share meals, even if they weren’t actually eating them together. Caroline, Courtney, Julie, and Tina happen to be neighbors, but a soup club is for anyone: colleagues, a group of workout buddies, a book club. All you need are a few people who simply want to have more home-cooked food in their lives.

In a soup club each person takes a turn making soup—and sometimes other dishes for sides or for when everyone needs a break from soup, so if a club has four people, in a month each person will have dinner delivered three times—a dish that can start as a full meal and stretch into more dinners or lunches or even morph into a sauce. Soup is forgiving, versatile, and perfect for sharing; it can be spiced to taste, topped elaborately or not at all, and dressed up or down. It travels well and reheats beautifully. The Soup Club Cookbook also has dozens of tips for cooking in quantity and for tailoring soup to individual tastes and needs. Here, too, are simple guidelines for starting your own soup club, anecdotes, and a few cautionary tales that will inspire anyone to share food and eat well.

Recipes include quick and easies, classics, twist on favorites, and dozens of flavor-rich new crowd pleasers:

• Carrot Coconut and Chicken Chili,
• Senegalese Peanut Soup
• Faux Ramen
• Red Lentil Curry Soup
• Potato Cheddar Soup
• Sun Dried Tomato Soup
• Jeweled Rice Salad
• Cheddar Cornbread,
• Summer Corn Hash
• Soy Simmered Chicken Wing

My thoughts: I love making soups! We have a weekly potluck at church, and I generally bring soup, since I love how versital it is and that you don't have to worry to much after putting every thing in a crockpot.;) I also love to make soups at home with all the produce we wind up with out of our garden. So, I was thrilled to get a copy of this from Blogging for Books to review. Not only does it have some wonderful, versitial soup recipes, it also has some fun sides too! I love the recipe for Kimchi, and I can't wait to try their quick pickles.
While some of the recipes have unique ingredients that most of us probably don't keep on hand, I like that a lot of the recipes use things one has in the pantry or freezer. I personally prefer recipes that use a lot of ingredients that I will use up on other meals and not go to waste., which is what this cookbook does.
Filled with colorful pictures and easy to follow recipes, this one is a winner!
I received a copy of this cookbook from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.

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