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The Best Soups in the World

Clifford A. Wright

Cooking/Courses & Dishes/Soups & Stews

Travel the world, soupspoon in hand, with a James Beard Award—winning author as your guide

In restaurants and dining rooms on every continent, soup is on the menu. A Mexican chef simmers Roasted Poblano and Three Cheese Soup. A Sicilian nonna stirs Beans and Greens Soup, while her Thai counterpart cooks up Mushroom and Chile Soup. Wherever it's eaten, a bowl of soup—whether elegant or hearty, creamy or clear, chilled or piping hot—delivers rich flavor and simple satisfaction. In this ultimate soup cookbook, acclaimed cookbook author Clifford A. Wright has collected the best classical, famous, and not-so-famous recipes to be found anywhere.

The Best Soups in the World includes 247 recipes for heartwarming and palate-pleasing soups: Imagine savoring delicate Italian Small Rice Balls in Broth, refreshing California Chilled Peach Soup, piquant Georgian Beef and Apricot Soup, or curry-scented Tanzanian Black-Eyed Pea and Coconut Soup. But this is no mere collection of recipes. Wright is a food scholar; he applies his expertise in lively explorations of the history and culture behind each soup, which makes this book as rewarding to read as it is to cook from.

Exciting, enticing, and easy-to-prepare, these recipes use ingredients both common and unusual—Wright provides Internet sources for every item—making them perfect for budget-conscious cooks whose taste know no boundaries. From Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle to Chayote Soup from Nicaragua and from Tuscan White Bean to Vietnamese-American Pho, these soups will take you around the globe, all from the comfort of home.

About the Author

Clifford A. Wright won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000 for A Mediterranean Feast (William Morrow), which was also a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook of the Year award that same year. He is the author of fourteen books, twelve of which are cookbooks. Wright's articles on food and cuisine have appeared in Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and other magazines. He is a contributing editor to ZesterDaily.com. As an independent researcher, Wright wrote the food entries for Columbia University's Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and has published scholarly articles on food in peer-reviewed journals such as Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Food and Foodways, and Gastronomica. Wright has also lectured on food at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Boston University, Georgetown University, Davidson College in North Carolina, Loyola Marymount University, South Dakota State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Culinary Institute of America, among other institutions. As a cooking teacher, he has taught cooking classes at the Central Market cooking schools in Texas, the Rhode Island School of Design, Institute for Culinary Education in New York, Sur la Table, and other cooking schools around the United States. His website www.CliffordAWright.com is one of the most-visited sites for people interested in Mediterranean foods. In 2009 he launched the Venice Cooking School (www.VeniceCookingSchool.com) with Martha Rose Shulman in Los Angeles, California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470180528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470180525
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have always loved soups. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't know how truly glorious soups could be. My experience was the overly salty stuff that came out of cans. Yet, I enjoyed them for their warmth, and their ease of preparation. When I began cooking a bit over a year ago, I did focus some of my early efforts on soups and stews. Wow! What a delight! What great flavor! Now the stuff in the cans seems all but inedible and terribly one dimensional. You too?

Clifford Wright provides us with a big book that will help us explore all kinds of soups. If you want to see the breadth of cuisine covered in this book, just turn to appendix B and see the soups (leaving out clear broths) organized by geographic region. Wow!

The author also provides soup basics and background in an eight page introduction that is clear, easy to read, and provides you with solid footing to being your soup explorations. You do not need a cooking background to enjoy this book, and even if you have an extensive background in cooking you are sure to find dozens of recipes here that will be new to you.

The recipes are organized logically into these chapters:
Basic broths
Clear soups
Chunky meat soups
Chunky vegetable soups
Chunky legume soups
Smooth vegetable soups
Smooth creamed soups
Smooth legume soups
Minestrone and minestrone-like soups
Grain-based soups
Chowders and bisques
Cheese soups and egg soups
Seafood soups
Chilled soups

Can you read that list and not want to jump into this book and start cooking all kinds of delicious, warm, and satisfying soups? I can't.
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Clifford Wright, a James Beard award-winning author is a long time cyber foodie friend, and when I saw his newest book I just had to get it! Our food interests are in serious alignment!

As I was tossing ingredients to make my stocks after Easter I glanced at some of Clifford's recipes and well duh yes add sage to my turkey stock-I grow Pineapple Sage which as a much more subtle than in your face sage flavour and aroma. I added a tender stalk including the just to open blossoms.

There are some drooling type recipes for Tunisian Lamb soup and Moroccan steaming bowls, both of which I plan to make. I mean how good does Harira with paprika, cinnamon, lentils, turmeric, ginger, etc. sound?

I opted for Clifford's cilantro for the turkey stock too.

I simply love the organization of this book with an ingredient index as well as cuisine index. Wow, a man after my own culinary heart!

A few words of others on this must have book: Travel the world, soup-spoon in hand, with a James Beard Award--winning author as your guide.

In restaurants and dining rooms on every continent, soup is on the menu. A Mexican chef simmers Roasted Poblano and Three Cheese Soup. A Sicilian nonna stirs Beans and Greens Soup, while her Thai counterpart cooks up Mushroom and Chile Soup. Wherever it's eaten, a bowl of soup--whether elegant or hearty, creamy or clear, chilled or piping hot--delivers rich flavor and simple satisfaction. In this ultimate soup cookbook, acclaimed cookbook author Clifford A. Wright has collected the best classical, famous, and not-so-famous recipes to be found anywhere.

My Note* I will have a critical palate when it comes to Clifford's SE Asian soups, but have confidence he won't let us down.
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I have many cookbooks, but this one is my first cookbooks dedicated to soups only. This book is extremely well organized. Very easy to follow instructions and every recipe has a bit of a side-history to elaborate on its origins. I use this book more and more every day and I have had only joyful experiences creating the recipes within (my family as well)! This is quickly becoming one of my staple cookbooks in my household.
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Soup done just Wright

Soup is great for feeding groups,
It feeds our troops--
Our homeless, who may have lost more than one tooth,
It gives you energy and keeps you prime for doing hoops or loops...

Clifford Wright's Book "The Best Soups in the World" far passes
Seinfeld's New York Soup Nazi feeding the masses--
Clifford has his own story line with each recipe,
You feel his love for it, making each step easy--

Such as the Italian hungry family of four,
Who must eat the Pasta and Pea soup before,
The pasta absorbs the liquid leaving it dense to the core--

Or the hustle bustle street market of Palermo,
"The Vucciria," where there is great food and local veggies grow,
For a Sicilian beans and greens soup; a dinner party and early spring snow--

Clear, chilled, chunky, smooth,
Bisques, legume, creamed, seafood--

Chowder, egg, cheese, minestrone,
Broth, grain based, meat or vegetable alone--

He takes you around the world with Soup,
Spicy Jamaican fish Tea to Swiss basler mehlsupp--

John Moynihan
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