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The Soup Cookbook Paperback – October 27, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anness (October 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754814955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754814955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,239,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2005
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`The Soup Cookbook' by Anne Sheasby is the sixth soup cookbook I have reviewed recently, and I find it the weakest of the six by a hair.

Good soup books seem to come in two to three flavors, depending on how you count them. The `upper tier' of books by major American culinary writers and figures such as Barbara Kafka, James Peterson, and Jasper White, published by Wiley and Scribners cover all the classics and the authors' variations on classic recipes. A second tier by, for example, Paulette Mitchell, the `Daily Soup' chef/owners, and Michael Congdon, published by new, small publishers such as Hyperion, Chronicle, and Sasquatch Books present collections of soup recipes which are honed to a fine edge in small restaurants over a long time. Sheasby's work looks very much like the second class of books, without the condition that the recipes are all creations of the author(s), regardless of how deeply the recipes are based on classic soup models. Instead, this volume is distinguished by being part of a publisher's series of cookbooks written by professional cookbook writers and edited by a common editor. Some of these series, such as the Time / Life series from the 1960s, edited by noted food writer Richard Olney, deserve recognition, these series are often on a fast track to the budget bins.

I am happy to say that this volume has more value than the usual discount fodder. Under the influence of Mortimer Adler's classic `How to Read a Book', I am a great fan of reading the minutiae of books forewords, prefaces, acknowledgments, and introductions. There is no better way to know if a book accomplishes its purpose than reading this stuff to see what their purpose was to begin with.
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