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This is a fun book of soup recipes ― a great resource for fellow soup-lovers out there ― and it comes with a side dish of warm fuzzy feelings.

(Chinook Observer)

A charming prompt to open your home to company in a lo-fi way, without the pressure of multiple courses, elaborate table settings and epic clean-up.

(Clean Eating Magazine)

For those of us who love cookbooks with heart and substance, Soup Night will occupy a well-deserved spot on your shelf. And don’t be surprised if it inspires you to start your own Soup Night, large or small. And even if you’re like me ― I have no neighbors within shouting distance, literally ― you’ll reach for this book’s soup recipes time and again, especially as the snow begins to fly.



It's a simple, powerful idea captured in a stunningly beautiful book



More than a cookbook, Soup Night delivers a practical guide for hosting a casual affair where a simmering pot of soup (or two) is the star of the party.

From the Back Cover

Welcome to Soup Night!

Join the fun!  More than 90 crowd-pleasing soup recipes offer possibilities for every season and taste. Dozens of salads, breads, and desserts round out your soup night menu.

 

Invite the whole neighborhood over to share.

 

Build strong community ties while enjoying delicious, stress-free meals around your block, through the seasons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612120997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612120997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've lived in Portland, Oregon, one of the country's most beautiful cities, for nigh on 30 years. But I was born and raised in South Carolina, and it was there that I learned about gardening. Learned it, in fact, at my grandmother's big old house in the country, in the huge vegetable garden that fed the whole family all summer long and most of the winter too. It was here that I first incorporated the idea that gardening is about growing good things to eat, and sharing that bounty with others. Even though I now live in a condominium with a patio about the size of a handkerchief, and do all my gardening in containers, I still believe that garden = food. That's probably why most of my gardening books have a cooking component. One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from an Amazon customer who noted in her review of "The Complete Spice book" that "you can tell Maggie Stuckey is both a gardener and a cook."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book contains many wonderful soup recipes. However, it is also a book about building community connections through soup. It has several essays about the use of soup in building community solidarity and helping people to connect with one another.

The recipes are divided up by seasons of the year which I like. Winter soups are a lot different from summer soups. I especially like the cold soup selection for summer months and the hearty soup and stew recipes for the winter.

This is a book that I know I'll use often and I found the narratives heart-warming and inspiring.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Russell Stone on January 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was a gift to me from a friend of the author, Maggie Stuckey. Unwrapped a few days after the 25th of December, I sat with it for most of the day, reading it as one would enjoy a great novel! But this commentary was about the real-deal, folks sharing a bowl or a cup of soup and a time of connecting with the community, a happening that seems to be lacking in our "so busy" society. I love being in the kitchen and prepare soup at least once a week. Tonight a carrot soup, last week gumbo...enough possibilities to carry me through the whole of 2014....Most recipes are easy to enlarge or decrease...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Magsaxxo on October 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I will never look at a bowl of the soup the same, soup has power beyond the obvious. It touches the soul. It fosters community. Soup makes friends.

Though the recipes look great, I was more interested in the stories and the possibilities of sharing soup. Life has become so busy that entertaining can be stressful but a soup supper has so many possibilities, book clubs, bunko groups, girls night, meetings of any sort. I have told everyone and anyone who will listen about this book and the great ideas and stories coupled with the soup and accompaniment recipes.

Can't wait to try my first SOUP SUPPER!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not a cookbook of soup recipes. Yes, the book contains many soup recipes, but it is more a commentary about how sharing soup and food at a casual gathering can bring a neighborhood together. Warming, comforting soup helps breed an atmosphere of companionship, camaraderie, friendship and concern for those people around you. If you are looking to expand your collection of soup recipes, you might find a few keepers here, but, really, this is not what you are looking for. I'm not saying you should pass it by entirely, but you will have to approach it in a different frame of mind and adjust your expectations if you want to be pleased with your purchase.

This is a very interesting and heartwarming book. It tells real life stories about neighborhoods, friends, groups of people, who have started up "Soup Nights" to build "community". Interspersed with the stories of these loving and personable community gatherings are some recipes for soups suitable for a "Soup Night". For the most part, the recipes included in the book were provided by the people who are featured in the book. Of course, most of the recipes are for soup, but there are also a few bread, salad and dessert recipes, too. The recipes work well and formulated to take the pressure off when you are cooking for a crowd.

The idea of creating community through gathering together and eating together (in this case, soup), is a great one. It's not a new one, though. And it works great in some instances, but not in all. You need at least a few people open to the idea, who are willing to jump on the bandwagon with you. Case in point: When we moved into a new neighborhood five years ago, it seemed ripe for a similar gathering. But when I tried to start up a pot luck evening, it fell flat.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doral C. Poujade on January 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer up front - Maggie and I have been friends for a long time (20+ years!) Never mind - I loved the concept of this book when it was in its "incubator" stages and I love the finished product! When I try to describe it to friends, I start by saying, "Yes, it's a cookbook - but it's much more than that." When I bought my copy in October, I started reading the section on "fall soups" and started testing the recipes. Because I live alone, I would share samples - or freeze them for later consumption! Moving on to winter, I did the same - although I also did a sampling for a neighborhood get-together (shades of Soup Nights!) and made converts of several neighbors! Friends and family members got copies of "Soup Night" for Christmas - and all have shared how much they are enjoying not only the recipes but the narrative. ("It's a good read," one friend told me!) This book resonates on so many levels. And to show what a small world it really is, one of the Soup Nights featured in the book takes place in Grayslake, Illinois - the very small town where I grew up and graduated from high school 50 years ago! (I now live in Portland, Oregon!)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Autamme_dot_com on October 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is seldom that a book's "slogan" manages to provoke such intrigue yet this book managed that perfectly. One gets the title, for sure, but the idea of creating a community around a pot of soup...?

Consider us hooked, reeled in, ready to learn more! The marketing material or blurb sprang to the rescue and taught this reviewer something new about contemporary U.S. society. "Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbours together. The host provides two or three pots of soup and the guests bring their own dishes and silverware and perhaps a salad or some bread. Neighbours get to know each other by name, people of all ages connect and socialise and the neighbourhood becomes friendlier and safer," we are told.

If this really does happen outside of a few cosy middle-class, secluded communities then this reviewer is impressed and hopes that other countries begin to copy this "American thing." So what does this book give you? Well 99 soup recipes and 40 recipes for things to accompany them - whether you will eat alone, as a family or as part of a community soup evening! One has to be honest, there is no shortage of books giving soup recipes. Far too many to count, many boasting about their low price and high "soup count." How can this book compete in such a crowded sector?

Well apart from a wealth of information about organising soup nights and a fairly detailed overview about soup, soup making and key soup ingredients, it is down to the recipes. Recipes are split into chapters named after the four seasons, with each chapter giving details of a typical soup night held during this time. Then it is recipe after recipe after recipe.
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