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If one food conjures up comfort, it is homemade soup. A dose of serenity sipped from a spoon, soup is as comforting as home itself.

Homemade soup also comes close to being the perfect meal: easy to make, naturally low in fat, rich with nutrients, and convenient and economical, it is a superfood from most every perspective. That's the heart and soul of Enlightened Soups.

In addition, recent studies indicate that eating a healthful soup produces greater feelings of satisfaction and satiety at meals than a variety of other types of food. Researchers aren't sure why, but speculate that it may have to do with soup's high water content, as well as the piping hot serving temperature, which slows down the speed of eating, allowing time to notice a feeling a fullness.

But while the health news for soup is compelling, the primary reasons you'll want to make each and every soup in this collection are far simpler. First, they are absolutely and unfailingly delicious. Second, they are loaded with healthful ingredients, with a minimum of fat and calories. And third, they are all easy to make in 60 minutes or less.

These recipes honor the classics, but tweak tradition enough to keep them healthful and fresh, making all of these soups modern favorites as well as tried and true friends. Think Lemon Chicken Soup with Fresh Spinach & Pasta, Roasted Vegetable Minestrone, Italian Tortellini-Sausage Soup, Summer Corn & Basil Bisque, and Split Pea with Caramelized Onions.

Enlightened Soups includes a wealth of soups from across the country and around the world, adapted to be healthy and home-cook friendly, with familiar, readily available ingredients. For example, Tunisian Chickpea Soup, Tuscan Farro & Bean Soup, West African Peanut Soup, and Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup. In other words, this slender volume brings you the world in a bowl, one sip and slurp at a time.

It won't take much time or effort to work your way through these recipes, either, because soup-making has an honest minimalism that makes it accessible and appealing to home cooks of every level of ability. Enlightened Soups simplifies things further, offering recipes with particularly straightforward cooking techniques and easy-to-find ingredients, and then categorizing each according to total preparation and cooking time: 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

Finally, all of the recipes are well-tested, and follow recognized, "enlightened" guidelines for healthy eating, including no more than 10 grams of fat per serving, and utilization of healthy fats and oils, lean meats, and plenty of vegetables. In short, each recipe delivers contentment on multiple fronts.

So pull out the pans and enjoy your new collection. For ever-pleasing soups equally at home in the dining room or kitchen, you need look no further than Enlightened Soups , because fast, healthful, delicious soup is always in style. Soup's on!

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by Camilla V. Saulsbury
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826647
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 22, 2008
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Enlightened Soups is a comprehensive soup cookbook, filled not only with delicious recipes, but a number of relevant details in preparation and selecting ingredients. Grand prize Winner of the Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Saulsbury has compiled an excellent selection for even the novice cook, rich, healthy ingredients in both traditional and innovative combinations. The chapters address: Pureed Vegetable Soups, vegetable Soups, Poultry Soups, Seafood Soups, Meat Soups and Legume and Grain Soups. As well, the indexes offer helpful specifics for the harried working cook: Soups by Total Time, Refreshing Soups for Spring and Summer, Vegetable and Vegan Soups, Especially Low Calorie Soups and Especially Low Fat Soups.

I cannot fail to mention that the book's design is especially pleasing and user-friendly, attractive and colorful presentation, concise recipes and nutritional details (calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates). A thorough introduction by the author yields important information, time-saving suggestions. The author describes homemade soups as "a dose of serenity sipped from a spoon... as comforting as home itself." Each recipe is simple and delicious, "loaded with healthy ingredients", minimizing fat and calories, made in sixty minutes or less, a marrying of country and world, healthy and "home cook friendly". There are helpful tips for preparing these soups, including canned and frozen ingredients, necessary equipment and storage.

But the proof is in the eating, the selections as varied and delicious as any creative cook could want: "Petite Pea Soup"; "Italian Tortellini Soup"; "Sausage Soup"; "Southwestern Black bean and Rice Soup"; "Wild Rice and Corn Soup"; "Gingered Chicken and vegetable Soup"; even "Green Chili Chowder". A bit worse for ear, Enlightened Soups has proven invaluable for its wealth of combinations, healthy ingredients and savory spices. Luan Gaines/2008.
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I've tried several recipes from this book and I can say without a doubt it's worth every penny. The cream of mushroom soup is so perfect for anyone on a diet or for people trying to get more magnesium in their diets for health reasons. The potato leek soup is another favorite here at my house.
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I've had this book for over a year. I can't say enough about how down to earth and DELICIOUS all these soups are. It's a practical book with taste that puts me over the top. There isn't one soup in here that I haven't loved.
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By Melibea on March 13, 2012
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I love this cookbook. The soups are easy to make, healthy and very tasty. In general, I tend to add more of certain ingredients (like garlic, onion, etc) but in general, not much needs to be done other than follow the recipe. I have not tried all of them yet but I'm getting there. What is really nice is the fact that the soups are tasty and filling...never seeming to be "lite" or flavorless like many healthy recipes can be if they do not have enough seasoning or ingredients. For example, the cream of broccoli, while not thick or creamy has excellent flavor and a beautiful color (from spinach added just before blending!). And I am eating the Thai hot and sour soup w/shrimp as I type this. Outstanding.
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I LOVE Camilla! She's brilliant! Made the Black Bean Soup with Pumpkin, Lime & Chipotle last night. Absolutely awesome! Worth the price of the book. Can't wait to try other soups.
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I had seen this author win a couple of the televised cooking challenges, and I was impressed by her ease and calm while constructing her dishes. I love the idea of cooking, but having ADHD sometimes makes it difficult to follow recipes, especially ones that have numerous ingredients to measure or have overly detailed instructions. I have made a few of the soups from this book and have been pleasantly surprised -- no, astonished -- at how simple they were to prepare, but even more so at how delicious they turned out. These recipes have been pared down to what is essential to create soups that are not only enlightened but also elegant.
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First, I am not a huge soup guy.. Well, I wasn't. I purchased the book to maybe see if there were one or two recipes in there that I could use for dinner on a cold night. I now have to carefully decide what soup to prepare, otherwise I may have to deal with the repercussions (every family member has their favorite). The recipes in this book exceeded my expectations. I honestly have not yet tried a soup that I didn't like.
I also found the book easy to navigate, with logical organization, and a very easy to use index.
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I've only made a couple of the recipes so far, but they are healthy, delicious, and easy to put together. It's exactly what I was looking for.
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