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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes & Gardens Cooking (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696225808
  • ASIN: B003NHR6P4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Gunther on February 4, 2009
Format: Plastic Comb
I bought this book and started making soups right away. I marked so many soups the first day I got the book. It has such a great variety and has more recipes for soups than any other book I have found.
The only drawback to the book is that there is not one picture. I loke to have a visual of what the finished product should look like and there are no photos at all in this book.
One thing I like is that at the top of each recipe they have a description of the soup. Every recipe I have made has turned out perfectly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Olson on December 6, 2011
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I recently bought this book and have never owned a book of soups and stews before. I love soup & using a slow cooker. The bonus chapter on slow cooker soups is my favorite. This is a worthwhile book, well worth the price and a genuine resource for cooking for my family and taking food to work potlucks.

My favorites so far are from Chapter 6 Slow Cooker Favorites and include the "Easy Cassoulet Soup," p. 355, which is a delicious blend of chicken, turkey sausage, beans, tomatoes, etc. in a wonderful comforting chicken broth. I also liked the "Cheese Enchilada Chowder," p. 374 which was creamy and spicy. I actually ate leftovers for lunches & dinners for two days after and didn't get tired of it. These two soups would be great for potlucks. I also liked the "Easy Potato & Salmon Chowder," p. 368. It was slightly fishy with pouch salmon, but overall very flavorful even for people who don't normally like fish soups. The only one I tried my family didn't enjoy was "Teriyaki Beef Noodle Soup," p. 328. It was not a terikyaki flavor, more soy-sauce tasting, and too much red pepper for our tastes.

I plan to try many more recipes out of this book and have been making soup for a long time. Finally there is a book that is unique with recipes in a format that is easy-to-read and does include some color photos, which another reviewer said were not included. The binding is a spiral comb that's really nice to keep open on the counter or cookbook holder. It also includes nutritional analysis of each recipes, which some books lack.

Intro: Soup Basics
Chapter 1 Cold & Hot Side-Dish Soups
Chapter 2 Hearty Soups
Chapter 3 Chowders & Bisques
Chapter 4 Chilies
Chapter 5 Stews & Ragouts
Chapter 6 Slow Cooker Favorites
Chapter 7 Salads & Breads
Index and Measuring Information
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on December 16, 2009
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There are so many wonderful soup recipes in this book I have bought three copies, giving two as gifts. It has a number of different recipes I haven't seen in other books. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Morgan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2013
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I love a good homemade soup and I was very pleased when I found the Biggest Book of Soups and Stews by Better Homes and Gardens. I have other cookbooks by Better Homes and Gardens and they have all been successful for me; their soups and stews cookbook has been just as good for us as well.

This is not the cookbook you want if you are after fancy, restaurant-quality food. Rather, the dishes in this cookbook are more suited for convenience though there does not seem to be a heavy reliance on prepackaged ingredients. There are some that do require prepackaged ingredients, of course, but most of the recipes I have tried has used fresh ingredients. Every recipe I have looked at and/or tried has been very straightforward and easy to follow, not requiring fancy techniques but using basic preparations only.

The recipes are divided up into seven chapters, with some overlap between the chapters: Cold/Hot Side-Dish Soups, Hearty Soups, Chowders & Bisques, Chilies, Stews & Ragouts, Slow Cooker Favorites, and finally Salads & Breads. As should be obvious, the last chapter is for sides to go with soups.

There is one thing this cookbook does not have that I wish was there - a table of contents that lists the recipes under each chapter. It makes it a little more difficult to find a recipe without such and table of contents. That said, the index at the back is very good and provides an alphabetical breakdown based not only on recipe title but also on major ingredients such as pork, turnips or fish. This comes down to a nitpick and the way I am used to using cookbooks.

So far, the recipes I have tried have been hits. My family has enjoyed the soups I have made from this book so far, and I have several others earmarked to try in the near future.

Better Homes and Gardens has a number of good, easy-to-follow cookbooks and the Biggest Book of Soups and Stews is one of them. It's a great soup cookbook to which I will return again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SRL on November 15, 2011
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This book is perfect for anyone who likes soup! I love soup and have been cooking from this book every Sunday since it started getting cold. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shellie on February 28, 2012
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This is a wonderful cookbook, chock full of scrumptious recipes. There is something everyone here, and for every occasion. Hot soups, cold soups, vegetarian, meat lovers, you name it. Some recipes are more time consuming to prepare than others, but you cannot go wrong with this cookbook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg P on January 3, 2014
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This is now our "bible" for making soups. Recipes are usually not very complicated, even if they have many ingredients. We live off of this book in the winter.

I've not found a book that has this many good recipes that are so easy to make.
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