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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076793072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767930727
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a vegan makeover and twenty new recipes, “the best vegetarian soup cookbook just got better!” —Robin Robertson, author of Vegan Planet


“International in scope and ranging from the elegant to the homey, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons is an absolutely essential cookbook for anyone who loves good food. If you’re a soup lover, prepare to be dazzled by the variety and freshness of these soups; if you’re not a soup lover, prepare to become one!”
—Susan Voisin, fatfreevegan.com

“Nava Atlas offers an impressive repertoire of soups that will amaze and inspire even veteran soup makers.” —Nikki Goldbeck, certified dietitian-nutritionist and coauthor of American Wholefoods Cuisine and The Healthiest Diet in the World

About the Author

NAVA ATLAS is the author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, Vegetariana, Vegan Express, and others. She has written dozens of articles for magazines such as the Vegetarian Times, Veggie Life, and Cooking Light. Nava maintains the popular vegetarian site In a Vegetarian Kitchen (vegkitchen.com), and the vegan blog Veggie Talk (blog.vegkitchen.com). She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her family.


More About the Author

Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, most recently Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Vegan Express, and Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Her earlier books include Vegetarian Family Cookbook and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.

In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual nonfiction books including The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life (2011; http://www.literaryladiesguide.com), exploring first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and commenting on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook.

Nava is also an active fine artist specializing in limited edition artist's books and text-driven objects. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at http://navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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I like this book because I am trying to eat better for my health.
Lela P. Conrad
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore, you can't miss with this fabulous collection of seasonal soup recipes.
M. Eileen Williams
This was a wonderful mash of potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, and parsnips in a creamy, cheesy soup.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons is the fourth edition of Nava's book previously titled Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons. It is essentially the same book as the third edition, but with the color photos added along with the new cover. It is substantially different from the first two editions.

I am a total soup nut so I was very excited to try this one. I hadn't seen any of the previous editions but I'm a big fan of Nava's other cookbooks. This certainly lived up to my expectations. Like all of Nava's cookbooks, the recipes in this book were easy to make, used simple ingredients that I typically have in my pantry, and, most importantly, my family loved them.

The recipes are arranged by seasons, which is a really nice feature since we try to eat local, seasonal foods. It being January when I got the book, I turned straight to the winter soups and found several just perfect for a rainy winter suppers. The first soup I tried was the Three Bean Soup with Brown Rice. Well, actually it was only two bean soup (kidney and cannellini) because I didn't have any frozen green beans. I did have kale though so we still got the green in there. My daughters had bowl after bowl of this hearty tomato-based soup and I ended up with no leftovers for lunch the next day.

The second soup we tried was the Hearty Winter Roots Soup. This was a wonderful mash of potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, and parsnips in a creamy, cheesy soup. Another hit with the family. The third dish we tried was the Vegetarian Goulash--a great "meat" (seitan) and potatoes stew that reminded me of the Sunday dinners my mom made when I was growing up--except without the meat of course.

I can't wait to cook my way through the rest of the seasons.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2009
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As a person who has over 30 vegan cookbooks (My husband can't believe there are that many vegan cookbooks in print!) I definitely will add this one to those at the top of my list. One of the best things about this book is that it is divided into seasons, so it's easy to find the produce at a reasonable price in the grocery store and it's more likely that it will be locally grown. Another thing I like is that the ingredients are mostly easy to find. I love weird ingredients as much as anyone, but when you are trying to figure out what to make for dinner you don't want to have to run all over town trying to find something that's obscure.

My favorite recipe so far is a fall one, Sweet and Sour Sauerkraut Soup which includes carrots, celery, potatoes, diced tomatoes and of course, sauerkraut among other things. If you don't like sauerkraut or sour foods, skip this one, but I think it's even better the next day. Another favorite is the Okra-Rice Gumbo or the Thai-Flavored Coconut Vegetable Soup. These all go together pretty quickly and if you double the recipe you'll have enough for a couple days and the flavors have a way of melding together that makes them all the better.

Soup is always great with a big salad and some crusty bread and this cookbook has a lot of imaginative recipes, not just the same old standbys. It's one of those books that's fun to just go through and read because I always seem to find one recipe that is appealing for that particular day, no matter what sort of mood I'm in. Two thumbs up for this book! I'll be looking forward to more vegan cookbooks by Nava Atlas.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By lepacrimson on February 14, 2012
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I was really disappointed with this cookbook. We love soup and I was excited to have another source for vegan soups but I should have read the book more carefully before buying it. Almost every recipe requires fake milk or fake cheese. In my experience, recipes with lots of fake food substances generally aren't great and the soups I tried from this book were no exception. If you are looking for vegan recipes why in the world would you want a recipe for Mac and Cheese soup?!? After reading the book, it became clear that this book is adapted from another presumably dairy-rich book. By adapted, I mean that the reader is instructed to just put fake cream or cheese or milk into the soup. There are so many great books (vegan or not) that provide recipes for soups that are delicious and built with naturally vegan foods (like beans and vegetables). I don't see why anybody would prefer to make soup with poor-tasting industrial food substitutes but I appear to be in the minority.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bahtshevah on July 22, 2009
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I love the fresh new variety of soups as well as the old veganized favorites of the past, i.e. mock chicken noodle soup, gumbo, tomato soup, etc. I mainly cook soups in the wintertime, but they do have summer fruit soups, winter root soups, fall harvest soups, and spring soups representing the early growing season. There's something for everyone's palate from broths, stocks, seasonal and regional soups, and breads.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By WallFlower on January 17, 2012
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I was really excited to receive this book. Who doesn't love to make a good soup? I have been using this book as my go to cookbook lately, but each recipe seems to get worse and worse. Nava Atlas originally wrote this book as a vegetarian cookbook. She went vegan and changed the recipes, hence the reason that there are so many soups that say garnish with vegan cheese. I try not to use too much vegan cheese because it is so expensive, but if you can afford it then go for it. She also really likes prepackaged spice mixes like No-Salt Added Mrs. Dash. I have a million spices and would rather use those than going out and buying a new spice blend.

Perhaps it is because of this that I found the soups to be lack luster and flavorless. I made the Taco Soup and the Mac and Cheese soup which were good despite the Mac and Cheese thickened up every time I put in the refrigerator and became a casserole. The Autumn Harvest Stew and the Polenta Potage (this soup also turned into a brick of polenta in the fridge) were flavorless. The kicker for me was the fall soup called Kale, Yellow Squash and Sweet Potato Stew. This has summer squash in it which is obviously a summer vegetable not fall. It tastes terrible seasoned with both balsamic vinegar and fresh ginger. I wasted Kale and Sweet Potatoes! I was so glad to finish this soup.

I will continue to cook with this cookbook, but don't have high hopes for it.
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