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The Big Book of Soups and Stews: 262 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Note that these are generally not quick recipes in the sense of being able to whip them up on the spot - most I've tried involve throwing things in the pot to simmer at least an hour or two before I intend to eat, and many suggest soaking beans overnight, etc. But the time spent actively preparing the food is usually not that much, and the results have always been well worth it. Enjoy!
This is a follow-up to the Big Book of Casseroles and contains receipes for over 250 soups, stews, and chowders. Some very elegant soups perfect for a formal dinner party to go along with stick to your ribs soups for tailgating before a big game. There's old classic favorites such as Chicken Noodle, Motzah Ball and Clam Chowder to go along with more exotic soups such as the Thai Ginger Chicken Soup and Spicy Cuban Pork Stew. One of my favorites is the Chicken with Buttermilk Thyme dumplings which is just fantastic in the dead of winter like it is now. There are several potato soup recipes which I absolutely love including the baked potato soup.
The recipes are fairly simple to make and most of the ingredients are availabe from the grocery store but a few will require a visit to a gourmet food store if you really want to do it right. This book is a soup-eaters dream!
After a brief introduction about technique and tools, this book is organized by food type, i.e. meat, poultry, seafood, vegetable etc., with additional brief sections about garnishes and bread-sides. The recipes are not exotic, meaning you won't need a specialty grocery for every recipe. They are however intensely flavorful, utilizing plain, old-fashioned techniques like sautee and simmer to bring the flavors together.
The editorial review of this book complains about its lack of sophistication in the descriptions of each recipe, but I prefer the simplicity. The page layouts remain uncluttered and (more importantly) un-intimidating, which is important at 6:30 pm just walking in the door from work and faced with a hungry kid and a blank kitchen!
Included in this book are several standards like chili, beef stew, chicken soup, and vegetable ministrone in addition to some surprising and refreshing ideas such as cold avocado soup with cashews, white chili with chicken or turkey, and lamb shanks with gremolata. All retain their simplicity, flavor, and ease of preparation.
There is nothing more heartening than the bouquet of steam rising from a pot of fresh, homemade soup in these cold winter months... unless it's watching your family smile around their spoons!
Often, I have followed recipes in other books which were very disappointing, and sometimes very poorly seasoned. If I repeated the recipe, I often had to adjust seasonings, etc., to make it more palatable. However, every single one turned out perfect! Though I have a habit of improvising, I'm confident that I will not likely change these recipes.
I first bought this book as a wedding shower gift, for a friend who loved soups. After leafing through the pages, I became unable to part with it. I kept it, and bought another one for her. The recipes are clear, simple, and easy to follow. Most of the soups can be made between the time you come home from work and the dinner hour, if you have the ingredients on hand.
The Winter Tomato Soup is an example of a recipe which has become a staple for my family. I have copied the recipe onto my laptop computer so that when we are away from home in the winter (on a skiing vacation, for example) I will have the recipe at hand. The Sun River soup is a fun soup, just a bit spicy, with a variety of toppings that can be added to it. I have used it at parties. And being an artichoke lover, I thoroughly enjoy the Cream of Artichoke soup, which can be made with a single can of artichoke hearts and half-n-half instead of cream.
With many more recipes still on my list "to try," I can safely say that this book will continue to see much use.
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Really enjoying this book, soups are something that have never been high on my comfort list to prepare. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole Artus
Every kitchen should have this soup book in it.....there is not a bad recipe in the book!!!Published 2 months ago by Betty
Sincerely my favorite and most well-loved cookbook. My love affair stared with the Brunswick Stew recipe and went from there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Really like this book. I have my own copy but ordered this for a gift.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite cookbook and I have purchased several for giftsPublished 10 months ago by Gale Anderson