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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2012
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2015
Format: Hardcover
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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2015
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So many recipes, but the only draw back is that there aren't any pictures.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2009
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I'm a soup lover and this book has it all. If you love soup like I do you have to purchase this book. Lots of creative and eclectic recipes. Good eats!
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on September 7, 2012
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I bought this book to help my kitchen staff come up with ideas for our daily soup and, so far, every recipe they've used has been spot on even when we're increasing the recipe by 4 or 5 times. The prep times are accurate as well.
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