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More than 35 original soup recipes from the Soup Peddler —a thriving soup-delivery service —with colorful stories and delightful illustrations.

The first culinary memoir to feature chase scenes, dream sequences, an ice cream–peddling archenemy, a cross-dressing mayoral candidate, and a furry sidekick.

The Soup Peddler ’s burgeoning business embodies slow food and environmentalist ideals, with emphases on healthy, seasonal ingredients; veggie-friendly options; sustainability; reusable packaging; and a whole lotta TLC.

Soups include Mulligatawny (spicy Indian soup), Ajiaco (Colombian chicken-corn soup), and Armenian Apricot Soup, as well as new twists on comforting favorites like Borscht, Veggie Minestrone, and Salmon Chowder.

About the Author

The Soup Peddler is DAVID ANSEL, a sixth-generation Baltimorean Jew expatriate living in the liberal enclave of Austin, Texas. His transformation from software developer to yoga teacher to bicycle-pedaling purveyor of soup has attracted attention from such disparate media as the Christian Science Monitor and Punk Planet. His booming soup-delivery service has also been featured on the Food Network.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580086519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580086516
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you think you are buying a book filled with recipies you are mistaken. In its 181 pages there are 35 recipies--wonderful and tasteful.

If you are intersted in reading David Ansel's reveries, then this is primarily what the book is about. They are fascinating.

Since I expected to find more or the former and less of the latter, I was disappointed.
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My feeling is that if I never cook another soup from this book it will remain a fixture on my shelf for as long as I have a shelf to store David Ansel's stories, a pot to cook his recipes, and a mouth to share and eat both respectively. For even if the first recipe I tried had not been as delicious as it was (Bouktouf - a great use for those last summer zucchini and by the way not so slow or difficult), I would be writing this review. When was the last time you READ a cookbook? Not just flipped through the recipes and glanced at the intro but felt compelled to read it. Like a book. For while so many of the soups sound wonderful (and it seems his fans can testify to that so I'll be venturing forward through the months of soups as that is how the book is organized), I found the book to be a wonderful read, like an engaging short story collection. David Ansel pedals his stories as well as he pedals his soup making this a slow and delicious journey just on the page alone.
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If you love soup, armchair travel, and writers with wit and vocabulary to match, you must read this book! I knew next to nothing about Texas except my sister lives in Kerrville. After reading Soup Peddler's book, I know that I absoulutely will visit Austin, Texas (specifically Bouldin Creek) in the future and I will swim at Barton Springs!

Great recipes, stories, characters, conflict, a cookbook with everything! I predict that foodies and soupies from across America and the world will descend on Austin like a plague of locusts in order to say they have been to Bouldin Creek and actually seen the land of the Soupies.
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I read this book from cover to cover in one evening. My report is that it was a spellbinding and thrilling experience since I live in the vaunted and character-filled "Bouldin Creek" neighborhood. David not only did us justice (yes, I am the haiku priestess...), but the recipes are great as well. You will not regret buying this book!
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This book is a rare treasure that brings together love for good food and a contagious love for life. I don't consider myself a cook, but the Soup Peddler makes it so easy, you can't miss. You'll be glad you bought this book, and so will all the people who get to share your soup!
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This is a well-written, easy-reading HILARIOUS book that gives one a magnified glimpse into the life of an Austinite. The characters David reveals, the places to which he takes you, and the adventures he shares are guaranteed to give you that "warm, fuzzy feeling". Oh -- and the soup recipes are great, too! I haven't tried all of them, but the ones I *have* tried are delicious. Get this book, and be weird vicariously!
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David's writing is almost better than his soup. I notice this everytime I read something of his, whether the weekly Soupie email, article or something else. He beautifully brings to life the South Austin scene, and does it without condescending, something non-Texans seem hard-pressed to avoid. In fact, his love for the landscape and people in his adopted home comes through in every paragraph. For this, for his soup, for his talent with the written word, I am eternally grateful.
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The first thing that I noticed about this book was the striking illustration style. The quirky characters and mouth watering recipes were perfectly brought to life by the talented illustrator, Liza Ferneyhough. I can't wait to see more of her work adorning pages throughout my local bookstore.
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