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Biggest Book of Soups and Stews (Better Homes & Gardens Cooking) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 20, 2005
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The best ragus, stews, chilis, chowders, chilled soups, bisques, and more.
Dozens of super-quick soups, ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.
Bonus chapters featuring simmering slow cooker recipes and serve-along breads and salads. --This text refers to the Plastic Comb edition.
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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.
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
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.
I've not found a book that has this many good recipes that are so easy to make.
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I make something out of this cookbook once or twice a week all winter long. I first got it from the library but had to have my own copy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. J. Wischmeyer