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"I live on good soup; not on fine words." (Moliere)
on December 22, 2008
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.