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500 Soups: The Only Soup Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Cooking (Sellers)) Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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It includes recipes for making beef, vegetable, fish, and chicken stocks from scratch. All the recipes use scratch ingredients, and you can elect to use boullion, base, or prepared stocks. All ingredients should be available in any grocery store. Most recipes use measurements that are easy to multiply or divide, and are easy to adjust according to your own tastes. For example, I don't care for flaming hot spices, just a touch of heat, so I always reduce those.
Some are good for preparing in batches and freezing, some are better prepared and eaten fresh. There are broth soups, creamy soups, and red sauce soups, some with meat and fish, some vegetarian. Something for all occasions. (Plain yogurt is a nice substitute for heavy cream and coconut milk. Not quite the same because it adds a bit of tang. Add it at the very last or it will separate and look yucky.)
Here is a sampling:
Red-hot spicy chickpea and pasta soup
potato and garlic soup
beef and barley soup
ginger and salmon soup
spicy sausage and bean soup
I still love this cookbook and use it frequently!
A picture for about 2/3s of the main recipes is nice. The small size of the book takes getting use to and I'm not a fan. I also wish there was a total cooking time at the top of each main recipe. You need to read through the recipe and judge how long it will take so no way of flipping through to find quick versus lengthy recipes. I'm still looking for that complete soup cookbook.
Many of the recipies are tried and true so I don't need to go over them. What I liked most about this book was that it brought a number of my favorite recipies together in one spot... except for Tuscan Bean Soup, which is sadly missing from a lot of these type cookbooks.
What I didn't like was the variety included things I know I will never try, but that's with almost every cookbook. But the ratio was about 50/50. Not bad actually for a soup cookbook.
Between the chapters are pages that give you variations for recipies in the previous chapter, handy for the newer cooks and gives thought to more seasoned cooks.
There are some, what I consider to be, 'exotic' ingredients... things you wouldn't normally have around the house... but that may be just my house. However, that annoyed me... especially the seafood recipies. Not that I don't like seafood... I just don't see a lot of seafood soups other than chowders in my life and feel there could have been more heartier fare in their place.
Either way, this little book is worth it's price indeed. One of the few cookbooks that will last in my library. I do recommend it to those looking for a collection of soup recipies all in one spot.
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The Recipes appear to be OK but the index is printed in a typeface that is so small that it cannot be read without a magnifying glass or a jewelers loupe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Careful Buyer
THESE ARE ALL OFF THE WALL SOUPS YOU NEVER HEARD OF. I WAS AND AM LOOKING FOR MORE TRADITIONAL RECIPES. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chicago Bears Fan
Nice little book, but I was really hoping for good old fashioned soup recipes. If you are looking for Gourmet Soups - this is a great little book.Published 2 months ago by Jodi
Nice Book. Not as large as I thought. I thought it was an 8x10 book, but much smaller. Nice color pictures but for 500 recipes, not many recipes jumped out at me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lola Love
I've been looking for this book for a long time. My daughter has it and I love the recipes in it. Can't wait till Fall to start trying them.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tons of recipes, the actual book is smaller than I thought. Didn't think to check dimensions.Published 9 months ago by D. Daily