Book Review: The Soup Club Cookbook

Judging from the title alone, one would think this cookbook is just for those interested in starting a soup club.  Well, yes it does have the history of this particular soup club and the instructions on how one works… but this is also a collection of delicious soup recipes as well as side dishes that look absolutely yummy. I plan to make the cornbread recipe this week.  Cream cheese in a corn bread recipe?  I can’t wait to try it!

So what is a soup club?  In this case, it is four friends getting together (who love soup) and deciding that once a week one of the “members” makes a large batch of soup which can be shared with the other three families.  And then once a week for three weeks, they receive homemade soup and they do not have to cook.  Being a soup lover, this is one food club I would enjoy. But as I said, you don’t have to even think of starting a club to enjoy this book.  For one thing, it is so easy to handle.  The cover is soft enough to bend easily but sturdy enough to live through multiple lunches and suppers.  It is large enough that the print is not tiny and there are beautiful photos.  There is not a photo of every recipe but then again… how many ways can you photograph a bowl of soup?

The recipes are easy to follow and such a good variety between basic soups, ethnic additions, and seasonal offerings.  Some of the recipes are:

  • Various Broths
  • Miso Soup
  • Egg Drop Soup
  • Green Split Pea Soup
  • Cuban Black Bean Soup
  • The Dudes’ Chili
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Carrot Coconut Soup
  • Potato Cheddar Soup
  • Curried Apple Celeriac Soup
  • Spiced Pumpkin Soup
  • Winter Corn Chowder
  • Mushroom and Cashew Cream Soup
  • Senegalese Peanut Soup
  • Watermelon Gazpacho
  • Tomato Gazpacho
  • Saffron Seafood Chowder
  • Filipino Healing Soup
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Jewish Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • … and lots more.

There are also plenty of additional recipes for salads, dressings, side veggies, breads, pastas, snacks, etc.  Since these are recipes the members actually use all the time, they are home tested.

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