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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this cookbook. Use it all the time and haven't found a bad recipe in it yet. Even after I've traded many of my cookbooks for online options, this one is a keeper.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this as a gift. I own my own copy. These is a great cookbook. I have made about 12 recipes from it, and they all have become favorites.Published 5 months ago by leigh ann radimer
Really enjoying this book, soups are something that have never been high on my comfort list to prepare. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nicole Artus
Every kitchen should have this soup book in it.....there is not a bad recipe in the book!!!Published 8 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 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Really like this book. I have my own copy but ordered this for a gift.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lotsa interesting and delicious looking recipes to look forward to.Published 12 months ago by Ed B.