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Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook Paperback – January 5, 1992

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turning out a nightly stream of creations wherein the best of country and city converge. -House Beautiful

Consistently rated one of America's ten best country inns, Dairy Hollow House in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is celebrated for a unique cuisine built on such traditional country ingredients as farm fresh chicken, wild mushrooms, greens, dried beans, and summer's berries. Now in over 200 recipes, chef and owner Crescent Dragonwagon shares all her soup-making, bread-baking, and salad-tossing wisdom in a cookbook that's as gutsy and distinctive as a steaming bowl of gumbo-in five variations. Welcome.

Along with being an innkeeper and chef, Crescent Dragonwagon is a cooking teacher, award-winning children's book writer, and author of four cookbooks including THE DAIRY HOLLOW HOUSE COOKBOOK. She and her husband, Neal Shank, live at the innkeeper's house at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.



 Chicken Soup with Forest Mushrooms

 Mussel Soup Dublin

 Autumn Cream of Onion Soup with Brandy and Cider

 RosS and Apple Velvet Soup


 Deep December Cream of Root Soup

 Wintery Chicken and Pasta Soup

 Hillbilly Many-Bean Soup

 Winter Borscht . la Vielle Russe


 Asparagus and White Wine Soup

 Chicken and Rice Soup with Fresh Spring Vegetables

 Chilled Strawberry Soup with CrSme Fraiche

 Gingered Fresh Pea Soup with Snow Peas and Water Chestnuts


 Chilled Corn Chowder with Dill and Scallions

 Gazpacho Rosa

 Peach Soup with Almonds

 Augusta's Chilled Tomato Soup with Basil Cream


 Herbed Mezzaluna Bread

 Skillet-sizzled Buttermilk Cornbread

 Scotch Baps

 Slightly Fanatic Whole Grain Bread

 Custom-Made Biscuits As You Like Them

 Rosemary Focaccia

About the Author

Crescent Dragonwagon is the James Beard Award–winning author of seven cookbooks, including Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian, and, most recently, The Cornbread Gospels. She is also a contributing editor to Relish magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and NPR’s The Splendid Table. She lives, grows, and cooks her beans on a farm in Putney, Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 5, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089480751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894807510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Crescent Dragonwagon, the author of the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian, The Cornbread Gospels, Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, many children's books, and two novels, has just completed Bean by Bean.

Dragonwagon is a Southern Yankee: though born in New York, for 18 years she was innkeeper/chef/co-owner of Dairy Hollow House, an acclaimed country inn in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she resided for 36 years. But, since 2002, she has lived in Westminster West, Vermont.

Dragonwagon has the distinction of having prepared beans and cornbread for a president (Bill Clinton), titled royalty (Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia), a world-renowned feminist (Betty Friedan) and Marilyn Monroe's first biographer (Maurice Zolotow). She teaches two writing workshops, Deep Feast: Writing the World through Food, and Fearless Writing, around the world (the latter, she teaches once a year, in the Whole Enchilada version, from her own home hilltop in the Green Mountains). She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, TVFN, & CNN.

She lives, writes, and cooks in the 1795 farmhouse which once belonged to her aunt, at which she spent summers when a child. She shares the place with her partner, filmmaker David Koff, and, often, numerous well-fed friends. An ardent gardener, she's currently growing 4 different varieties of bush beans, and 5 of pole beans. .. under the supervision of her large and amiable tabby cat, Cattywhompus (who can usually be found rolling in the catmint).

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on September 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is as fun to read as it is to cook from. Dragonwagon has a nice colloquial writing style and gives a lot of background on where each recipe comes from, trivia about the Ozarks and the inn she ran with her husband for many years.
Although this book does have a few pages focusing on breads and salads, the soup recipes (which make up about 75% of the book) are truly the shining stars here. The recipes are divided into chapters on chicken soups, fish soups, vegetable soups, bean soups, dairy soups, nut soups, and fruit/dessert soups. There is also a chapter devoted entirely to making the ultimate gumbo, and one on a very versatile "diet" soup. The majority of recipes fall into the vegetable/dairy/and bean soup categories - making this book quite suitable for vegetarians or people interested in cutting back on the amount of meat in their diets. She doesn't eat red meat, and you won't find any recipes that call for beef, pork, or lamb... although there are a couple of exceptions.
As other reviewers have mentioned, these recipes are all easily adaptable to what vegetables you already have in your refrigerator, though you will probably need to make regular trips to the store to stock up on fresh veggies if you intend to use this book often. The recipes call for lots of ingredients, but you can easily leave some out and still have a great tasting finished product. Many variations are given for each soup and some have ideas for using leftovers. Although she doesn't recommend it, bouillon cubes or canned stock could easily be substituted if you're short on time. However, if you ever wanted to learn how to make a great homemade stock, this is the place for it.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
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Although the focus is Soup here, I began using the baking section first. I found definitive buttermilk cornbread, biscuts and muffins, although I have been a good baker for a long time, these were truly the "best in class" and are the standard for my kitchen. I have some favorites now among the extensive soup section but still need to supplement with other cookbooks when I want a meat recipe since the focus here is chicken, fish, vegetable or legumes based. I found the book gives a blueprint that allows me to make some kind of soup out of what is on hand. I also found the "Sandy's Great Lentil Soup with Greens and Garlic" to be a completely fresh, nutritious take on lentils and simple to boot. The small section on Salads is invaluable. I use the Curried Vinaigrette (for the Curried Lentil Salad with Vegetables) on sandwiches as a spread since it keeps forever. The Mexican Corn and Avocado Salad with the Cilantro Vinaigrette gets raves every time and satisfies my Avocado cravings. I couldn't do without this one. It's a good read too with lots of stories and info imbeded in the text.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mom with many books on November 26, 2002
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Soup. Bread. Muffins. Salad. Yum. This is a book full of great recipes and wonderful lore. I enjoy the quotes and anecdotes almost as much as the food, and this is great food. We enjoy the Hillbilly Many-Bean Soup, the Skillet-Sizzled Buttermilk Cornbread, the Glazed Orange Muffins, the Dairy Hollow House Pasta Salad, the Chicken & Cheese Soup with Green Chiles again and again. Some of these recipes even go with us on vacation. There are great directions for making your own soup stocks, and no, you do not have to live in your kitchen all day to do it. We keep finding interesting recipes we want to try, as well as returning to our favorites time & time again. More than a recipe book, this is a visit with a friend who loves to cook. Enjoy!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
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This cookbook is probably the most-used and best of all in my kitchen, and I have about 50. You don't need to doubt one word of what Ms. D writes, all of these recipes (I've tried almost all of them) are unbelievably delicious. All are dinner-party worthy. I have had the best compliments from guests and hubby for the soups, above any other part of the meal. My only complaint: she's such a purist about fresh ingredients, particularly broth, that I felt really guilty using canned broth. Sorry but I just don't have the time to make fresh chicken broth!! She's right of course, but not everyone can spend all day in the kitchen. This cookbook is EXCELLENT.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
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This book not only contains wonderful, usuable recipes, but it also tries to show you how to cook. It gives you the frame for any recipe, and then with what you have on hand you can feel confident to vary, vary, vary to your heart's content. This is the basis of good cooking, not whether or not you can follow a complicated "conde nast" recipe. In rural Japan it is very difficult to get so many ingrediants people take for granted (fresh dill? out of the question) so this flexibility is very important.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By desefinado on April 3, 2005
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I am a terrible cook, but for ten years I have astonished my wife and made some very impressive soups from the recipes in this collection. These soups are better than anything I have ever had in a restaurant (I've never been to Crescent's B&B, however). Warning - you may never be capable of opening a can of soup once your tastebuds have been altered by this cookbook. I've got to try her Veggie Cookbook!
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