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Soup of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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"I'm a soup fanatic. So, you almost have to stop me from shaking as I turn the pages. 365 soup recipes! Really? Yes, really. It's printed on a nice premium white gloss stock. It has great page feel. Vibrant color images by Erin Kunkel add to the allure of the recipes. It's all soup, so you need to keep it entertaining. The way in which the cookbook is divided into days and months does that. They have found a perfect way to keep a single subject cookbook interesting from start to finish." (The Cookbook Man (cookbookman.com))
About the Author
Kate McMillan is chef and owner of an eponymous catering company and an instructor at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco. After nine years of working as an event planner and in advertising sales at Vogue, Glamour, and People magazines, Kate decided to seriously pursue her passion for food by attending the California Culinary Academy and graduated from Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco where she honed her culinary skills. She began taking small catering jobs while in culinary school and has since grown her business to include everything from casual dinner parties for 8 to passed hors d’oeuvres soirees for 400. Kate lives in San Francisco with her five-year-old twins Emily and Grace, who already enjoy helping in the kitchen (especially when it involves cupcake batter).
Erin Kunkel is an award-winning food and lifestyle photographer who works around the world, and calls the foggy outerlands of San Francisco home. When she’s not behind the camera, she can be found gardening, cooking and dreaming of warm water surf spots.
Top customer reviews
What I really enjoy about the book is it has taken me out of my comfort zone. We have 4 children and as many large families already know, getting into a routine (e.g. Spaghetti every 3rd wednesday, fish sticks & mac 'n' cheese Fridays, etc.) is sometimes necessary to maintain your sanity. However, everyone needs a little spice in their life!
Since most of the recipes call for fresh ingredients, making these soups as a spur of the moment decision is probably not the best idea. Now, chances are you can find a soup in the book that fits whatever is already in the pantry/fridge. But, you may not find a soup that you're in the mood for and not having the right ingredients on hand will just lead to frustration. What I've been doing is picking one soup per week to make and placing it on the calendar. I plan my shopping trips accordingly and wait in anticipation the whole week!
I usually don't find reviews to be helpful when they state generalities like, "There aren't enough pictures" or "There aren't enough vegetarian options"...this is all a matter of opinion. Here are some details about the book that you might find helpful:
* I counted 85 pictures in there...most of which are full page pictures
* More than 70 soups are vegetarian as written; a good deal more can be made with meatless alternatives such as a vegetable broth vs. chicken stock or just withholding the meat ingredient altogether
* The soups are indexed both by ingredients and by type (e.g. Stews, Pastas, Chowders, Chilled, etc.)
Most recent customer reviews
All amazing soups! I have bought this for several friends.