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"[Soup & Bread] has grown to a weekly event feeding 100 people and raising thousands of dollars to fight hunger...In her new book, Bayne shares the recipes that have warmed those many souls." —Joe Gray, Chicago Tribune

"A book like this makes me think that really, I could live a lovely and fulfilling life and eat only soup." —Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago

"Martha Bayne's new book is a reflection on the cultural importance of soup as much as a cookbook...The book reflects the almost palpable enthusiasm for soup that can be felt at the [Soup & Bread] events." —Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader

"Soup & Bread has been a Chicago institution since it took over wintery Wednesday nights at The Hideout...Now, the event’s organizer Martha Bayne has commemorated the event’s success with the new Soup & Bread Cookbook, a guide to some of the night’s biggest culinary successes. Featuring contributions from Stephanie Izard, “Hot” Doug Sohn, and Paul Kahan, the book brings together a charming array of soup facts, recipes, and images that make readers just long for cold nights with a bowl of something starchy and pureed." —The A.V. Club

"Stunning to read or just stare at for hours." —Chuck Sudo, The Chicagoist

"...one of the most thought-provoking (and appetizing!) books I've picked up in a long time." —Tamar Fleishman, Baltimore Examiner

"There are oodles of recipes — nine chilis alone — but Bayne has added a narrative full of history and stories about soup...the book is a handsome package." —Rebecca Lomax, Chicago Journal

"Recommended. We love the story and idea behind the book and its lovely design, but most importantly, it’s full of delicious-sounding recipes that are clear and easy to follow." —Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn

"A significant document on the importance of food and community...It’s a book of genuine people from all angles of life sharing food and recipes with each other in an effort to help more others yet." —Food on the Dole


PRAISE FOR MARTHA BAYNE'S SOUP & BREAD NIGHT:

"In the past two years, [Martha Bayne's] effort, Soup and Bread, has raised more than $10,000 from patrons and the sale of a cookbook for local hunger-relief programs." —Jessica Reaves, New York Times, January 20, 2011

"In the three years since [Martha Bayne] and fellow former Chicago Reader staffer Sheila Sachs founded Soup & Bread, Bayne’s seen hundreds of different soups starting with hundreds of different, delicious broths." —Amelia Levin, Chicago Sun-Times, January 11, 2011

"Kind of like the Iron Chef of soup." —Centerstage Chicago

"It’s a culi-charity (has that been coined?) event designed to be low-key, easy to participate in, and fun for the community, especially in the middle of a freezing Midwest winter.” —Not Eating Out in New York

"Chicago’s most laid-back, nutritious party." —Grub Street Chicago

About the Author

Martha Bayne is the founder of Soup and Bread, a free weekly soup dinner held each winter and early spring at the Hideout, a bar and music venue in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572841192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572841192
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the inspiration provided by Martha Bayne's lovely Soup & Bread Cookbook, you'll never eat out of a soup can again! This book offers a wonderful array of inventive savory and sweet soup creations to make from scratch, such as Coconut-Red Lentil Soup, Green Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Champagne and Lamb French Onion Soup.
Some of the recipes require out of the ordinary ingredients and certainly can't qualify as quick preparation. But once you've mastered a whole pot of soup made from fresh from the farm ingredients, you can parcel it out as the week progresses or have a satisfying meal for a slew of family and friends.
We love the idea from one of the book's many contributors to host an annual Soup Day for your family, any designated day of your choice during the year to invite family members to bring their favorite soup for a day of feasting.
Wouldn't the world be a happier and more peaceful place if everyone spent more time cooking, serving up and just enjoying soup! The Soup & Bread Cookbook will inspire you to get the soup bowls off the shelf more often.
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The Soup and Bread Cookbook is a marvel of a book. Fantastic recipes, and wonderful, thought-provoking essays about the role of soup in building communities. Bayne does a great job of letting the wonderful collection of soup cooks (everyone from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izzard to local music scene stars) give you their wonderful recipes in their own voices. The soups I have tried have been universally great, and the essays make me inspired to reexamine the role of food and community in my own life and city. I have gone to Bayne's events at the Hideout every winter, and the book does an admirable job of making you feel like you are there, with the people who are ready to welcome you in, hear your story, and share their food with you. Nothing like The Soup and Bread Cookbook to make you feel less lonely and hungry this winter. I'll be giving it to my entire family.
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The concepts and orginations of the recipes may be of interest to some people, but I was looking for everyday soup and bread recipes, which this definitely is not. The ingredients cannot be purchased at my local large chain grocery stores. The recipes were too labor intensive for what I was looking to put together for my family on a regular basis.
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Martha Bayne combines community building and soup. We've had the privilege of being guest chefs at the Hideout and LOVE the energy & care that Martha and Sheila bring to their project!
This book weaves a great narrative with fantastic soups. We're working on our own Soup & Bread in our community.

Thanks, Martha!
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For some reason I was picturing a recipe book with a short forward about community soup programs. What I got was a lot of information about community soup programs which was actually quite interesting and some great soup and bread recipes. It's not laid out like a "regular" cookbook and I was beginning to worry I'd have to read the whole thing again to find the recipes that I wanted to try but no, there is a great index at the back that will take you directly to the recipes. Another plus for me was the inclusion of a lot of vegetarian/vegan soups so I am positively thrilled and some sound so delicious I'm ready to try them. Also I enjoyed learning about the soup exchange which I'm thinking of trying out with a group of friends.

So, even though it's not that straightforward a cook book it's full of information and great recipes! Enjoy!
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Soup & Bread COOKBOOK Building Community One Pot at a Time by MARTHA BAYNE
Liked the sound of this as we in the northeast are just having our first n'ester of the new year.
Loved hearing about the reasoning behind the cookbook and 'stone soup'. I also recall hearing of it while reading the fable to our kids.
This is a collection of recipes from soup kitchens in Chicago, Seattle and New York.
New England clam chowder would be my favorite. Such a variety of ethnic cooking in this collection using fresh vegetables and herbs and spices.
Each recipe has a few pages about it's origin. Love the idea of just plain homemade rolls to go along with the soup. Imagine I could add other spices and herbs for flavoring.
I'll be using this book for many meals this upcoming winter.
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I found the story of this book not only interesting, but it warms your heart too. It really did build a community one pot at a time. Also, the soup and bread recipes were great. I've tried a few and they were a hit. Can't wait until the colder, brisk weather gets here because I want to get the neighborhood together for a soup, chili, and bread pot luck.
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Nothing beats a steaming bowl of soup on a cool fall or winter day. This will give you some great new choices, everything from vegan to super meaty. And the whole soup swap deal rocks. I have often shared a container of my soup pot offerings with older neighbors but swapping is a fun idea.
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