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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Revised edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316057339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316057332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!" sang Mock Turtle, to which Atlas (Vegetariana) here adds a vegetarian refrain. Recipes for more than 100 savory soups, chowders, bisques, purees and stews are adapted from several different world cuisines; suggested garnishes and basic nutrition analyses per serving are included. Following two introductory sections outlining stock and broth recipes with soup-making (and freezing) tips, chapters follow the seasons. Gingered Pumpkin-Apple Soup and Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew help usher in fall. The winter section mixes comforting old favorites such as Minestrone with new inventions like Italian Vegetable Stew with Gnocchi and zesty Taco Soup, with bulgur, pinto beans and chilies. Spring features Greek-Flavored Spinach and Orzo Soup, heady with lemon and fresh dill, and summer serves up Cool Ratatouille, a no-cook Creamy Avocado Soup (made with buttermilk instead of cream) and a sweetly refreshing Melon Medley. A final chapter, "Accompaniments," adds recipes for muffins, breads, scones and dumplings?even croutons. Atlas's straightforward recipes, enlivened by quotes and drawings, promise soups of complex, rewarding flavor based on judicious combinations of ingredients rather than on complicated preparation.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Atlas is the author of several popular vegetarian cookbooks, including Vegetarian Celebrations (LJ 8/90). She has a nice style, and most of her easy, low-fat, high-fiber recipes?Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew, Mediterranean Eggplant Soup, Zesty Green Gazpacho?should appeal to any soup lover, vegetarian or not. A few, however, include ingredients, such as baked tofu, that will not be for everyone, and some purists may be put off by the use of a shortcut, store-bought seasoning mix. That aside, this cookbook is recommended for most collections; add it to the shelf with Victor Latourrette's Twelve Months of Monastery Soups (LJ 9/15/96).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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The recipes are sooo tasty and there's lots of variety.
merrymousies
There's nothing like a good soup when the weather turns cold. and this cookbook has been a mainstay in our kitchen for over a decade.
Edo
The Moroccan-Style Vegetable Stew (p. 26), with pumpkin, chickpeas and couscous, was very unusual and quite tasty.
Karen Chung

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Karen Chung on February 2, 2003
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For me, the one thing that matters about a cookbook is: is it *inspired* or not? The ones that are not may have one to a few usable recipes, almost by accident, but the majority are either based on stale ideas, or they are too heavy, due to their use of meat, fat, sugar, or other such ingredients.
This book far surpassed my expectations. The recipes are original, hearty, satisfying - and low-fat. One of these soups with some bread and cheese makes for a simple and delicious weekday meal.
Most of the soups we've tried from this book have come out very well. We got off to a good start with Garlicky Cream of Celery Soup (p. 39). Examples of other successes: Cream of White Vegetables (p. 15; this worked fine with Chinese white radish/daikon; turnip is unavailable in Taiwan) - very smooth, soothing and flavorful; Gingered Pumpkin-Apple Soup (p. 25) - I'm not sure I'll put the apple in next time, but we all enjoyed the complex flavors of this one; Cream of Broccoli Soup with Whole Wheat Pasta (p. 96) also wasn't bad, even with plain macaroni shells. The Moroccan-Style Vegetable Stew (p. 26), with pumpkin, chickpeas and couscous, was very unusual and quite tasty. I was less impressed with the Tomato-Rice Soup with Snow Peas (p. 93) - this ended up something like Campbell's tomato rice, but then but I did make some substitutions, like white rice for brown. And I probably should have let the Curried Cauliflower-Cheese Soup (p. 84) thicken more before serving. You can skip the Sauerkraut Soup (p. 36) - this was edible, but didn't much appeal to any of us; too heavy on the sweet and sour, and not very satisfying. Still, I'm very gung ho about continuing to try out the other recipes. Well over half the recipes look doable to me in our environment, and that's a remarkably high ratio.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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This cookbook is unique in that the recipes are organized by season, so you can easily find soups that are appropriate for the types of fresh produce you can find in the stores, and that fit how you feel in each season. Each soup I have made from this cookbook has been delicious. Some combine ingredients that I would not have thought to put together, but they work wonderfully. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in delicious soups!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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I checked this book out of the library and couldn't return it without buying my own. I tried two of the summer soups, Fresh tomato soup with sweet corn sauce, Cold zucchini and corn soup, and fall's black bean soup. They all got RAVE reviews from friends and family.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on August 10, 2002
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I'm a huge soup fan - not sure why but I just love it. So, this book hit the spot for me. I love cooking with vegetables that are in season and this book makes it so easy - this time of year (summer) when I can go to the farmer's markets to get really fresh foods it's just that much better. I just flip to that section of the book and can easily make my shopping list not having to wonder well do I have to go to the supermarket to get that other ingredientt hat needs to be flown here from half way across the world? The recipes are sooo tasty and there's lots of variety. There are curried soups, cream based soups, hearty bean soups, and they cut across nationalities/ethnicities. You won't be disappointed with this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2001
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Let me start by saying . . . I'm no cook! Every soup I've made from this book, though, has been unbelievably easy to prepare and the outcome's been fantastic every time! The prep time is almost nothing; the recipes call for easy-to-find ingredients; and the soups are so great that I take them to work and force co-workers to try them. The fact that the soups are low-fat is just an extra (undetectable) bonus!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
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I own about 35 vegetarian cookbooks, and decided to stop buying any more. However, finding a variety of good soups that I could center a meal around has never been easier once I gave in and purchased this book. I've so far prepared about fifteen recipes, and enjoyed each and every one, and plan to make them all again. This may be the one cookbook that I eventually prepare all of the recipes therein. A MUST HAVE cookbook...you won't regret the purchase. Your mouth, stomach, heart, and pocketbook will all thank you regularly for your wise decision!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
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I own about 35 vegetarian cookbooks, and decided to stop buying any more. However, finding a variety of good soups that I could center a meal around has never been easier once I gave in and purchased this book. I've so far prepared about fifteen recipes, and enjoyed each and every one, and plan to make them all again. This may be the one cookbook that I eventually prepare all of the recipes therein. A MUST HAVE cookbook...you won't regret the purchase. Your mouth, stomach, wallet, and pocketbook will all thank you regularly for your wise decision!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Kirchner on April 17, 2012
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I've been a vegetarian over 25 years. I've got tons of cookbooks. This is the first one I've ever gotten that I have loved every single recipe I've tried. Thusfar, I've made 5 soups and each one has been as tasty as the last. Even when a recipe hasn't sounded that great, like Hot Slaw Soup (a cabbage-based soup, of course), when complete, it ends up being quite yummy. I cannot say enough about how much I look forward to my next new soup from this book. Fantastic!
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