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The Best Soups in the World Paperback – December 9, 2009
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The Best Soups in the World
Clifford A. Wright
Cooking/Courses & Dishes/Soups & Stews
Travel the world, soupspoon in hand, with a James Beard Awardwinning author as your guide
In restaurants and dining rooms on every continent, soup is on the menu. A Mexican chef simmers Roasted Poblano and Three Cheese Soup. A Sicilian nonna stirs Beans and Greens Soup, while her Thai counterpart cooks up Mushroom and Chile Soup. Wherever it's eaten, a bowl of soupwhether elegant or hearty, creamy or clear, chilled or piping hotdelivers rich flavor and simple satisfaction. In this ultimate soup cookbook, acclaimed cookbook author Clifford A. Wright has collected the best classical, famous, and not-so-famous recipes to be found anywhere.
The Best Soups in the World includes 247 recipes for heartwarming and palate-pleasing soups: Imagine savoring delicate Italian Small Rice Balls in Broth, refreshing California Chilled Peach Soup, piquant Georgian Beef and Apricot Soup, or curry-scented Tanzanian Black-Eyed Pea and Coconut Soup. But this is no mere collection of recipes. Wright is a food scholar; he applies his expertise in lively explorations of the history and culture behind each soup, which makes this book as rewarding to read as it is to cook from.
Exciting, enticing, and easy-to-prepare, these recipes use ingredients both common and unusualWright provides Internet sources for every itemmaking them perfect for budget-conscious cooks whose taste know no boundaries. From Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle to Chayote Soup from Nicaragua and from Tuscan White Bean to Vietnamese-American Pho, these soups will take you around the globe, all from the comfort of home.
About the Author
More About the Author
Before writing about food, Clifford was a foreign policy researcher at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., a Staff Fellow at the Institute of Arab Studies, Belmont, MA, the Executive Director of the American Middle East Peace Research Institute, Cambridge, MA and the publisher of Raising Kids, a child development newsletter for parents. He was written two books on the politics and history in the Middle East.
You can visit him at www.cliffordawright.com and his blog www.Cook-Coquus.com and read his food writing at www.zesterdaily.com
Top Customer Reviews
Clifford Wright provides us with a big book that will help us explore all kinds of soups. If you want to see the breadth of cuisine covered in this book, just turn to appendix B and see the soups (leaving out clear broths) organized by geographic region. Wow!
The author also provides soup basics and background in an eight page introduction that is clear, easy to read, and provides you with solid footing to being your soup explorations. You do not need a cooking background to enjoy this book, and even if you have an extensive background in cooking you are sure to find dozens of recipes here that will be new to you.
The recipes are organized logically into these chapters:
Chunky meat soups
Chunky vegetable soups
Chunky legume soups
Smooth vegetable soups
Smooth creamed soups
Smooth legume soups
Minestrone and minestrone-like soups
Chowders and bisques
Cheese soups and egg soups
Can you read that list and not want to jump into this book and start cooking all kinds of delicious, warm, and satisfying soups? I can't.Read more ›
As I was tossing ingredients to make my stocks after Easter I glanced at some of Clifford's recipes and well duh yes add sage to my turkey stock-I grow Pineapple Sage which as a much more subtle than in your face sage flavour and aroma. I added a tender stalk including the just to open blossoms.
There are some drooling type recipes for Tunisian Lamb soup and Moroccan steaming bowls, both of which I plan to make. I mean how good does Harira with paprika, cinnamon, lentils, turmeric, ginger, etc. sound?
I opted for Clifford's cilantro for the turkey stock too.
I simply love the organization of this book with an ingredient index as well as cuisine index. Wow, a man after my own culinary heart!
A few words of others on this must have book: Travel the world, soup-spoon in hand, with a James Beard Award--winning author as your guide.
In restaurants and dining rooms on every continent, soup is on the menu. A Mexican chef simmers Roasted Poblano and Three Cheese Soup. A Sicilian nonna stirs Beans and Greens Soup, while her Thai counterpart cooks up Mushroom and Chile Soup. Wherever it's eaten, a bowl of soup--whether elegant or hearty, creamy or clear, chilled or piping hot--delivers rich flavor and simple satisfaction. In this ultimate soup cookbook, acclaimed cookbook author Clifford A. Wright has collected the best classical, famous, and not-so-famous recipes to be found anywhere.
My Note* I will have a critical palate when it comes to Clifford's SE Asian soups, but have confidence he won't let us down.Read more ›
Soup is great for feeding groups,
It feeds our troops--
Our homeless, who may have lost more than one tooth,
It gives you energy and keeps you prime for doing hoops or loops...
Clifford Wright's Book "The Best Soups in the World" far passes
Seinfeld's New York Soup Nazi feeding the masses--
Clifford has his own story line with each recipe,
You feel his love for it, making each step easy--
Such as the Italian hungry family of four,
Who must eat the Pasta and Pea soup before,
The pasta absorbs the liquid leaving it dense to the core--
Or the hustle bustle street market of Palermo,
"The Vucciria," where there is great food and local veggies grow,
For a Sicilian beans and greens soup; a dinner party and early spring snow--
Clear, chilled, chunky, smooth,
Bisques, legume, creamed, seafood--
Chowder, egg, cheese, minestrone,
Broth, grain based, meat or vegetable alone--
He takes you around the world with Soup,
Spicy Jamaican fish Tea to Swiss basler mehlsupp--
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect. Just what I needed. Looking forward to great soup.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Some very interesting and different soup recipes from around the world in this collection. All the ones tried have been great. It brought variety to my soup-making. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Betty C.
My family loves soup, especially in the winter. I was expecting soup recipes I could make that had regular ingredients that I could purchase at the grocery stores near me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sandra M. Willis
This book has all kinds of ideas for types of soups. For example, each soup that is discussed has different adaptions one can make. It is already in my kitchen ready to go !Published 21 months ago by Lorraine W. Besch
this was a christmas gift and the person loved. the recipes were great. I would order this book again for myself or a giftPublished 22 months ago by Beth Ann
In reading the recipes I thought most were strange-sounding and I would not be inclined to make them. But I bought this as a gift for someone else who really likes soup. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Lee Ann Miller
If you want a soup book with recepies with all non-traditonal soups, then you'll love this book. There's many, many soup receipes in this book, and I'm sure they're just fine, but... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by J. Schofield
We have made a significant number of the soups and they turn out well each time. Some are just extraordinary. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by breadboy