Monday Book Review: Soups and Stews


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Soups and Stews: Simply Delicious Recipes by Fog City Press

From the inside cover:

A bowlful that Satisfies

For so many of us, soups–and their heartier cousins, stews–are the ideal comfort food, always counted on to soothe and to satisfy.  With this beautiful and wide-ranging collection, you’ll be sure to find the ideal bowl of soup to cook, serve, and enjoy any day of the year.

Drawing upon cuisines from across the world, this vibrant collection of recipes juxtaposes age-old classics like tomato soup with such eclectic flavors as saffron mussel stew from Mexico and chicken and olive ragout from France.

Randomly select a surprise dinner by flipping through these color-packed pages. Combine elements of your favorite recipes to create unique flavors. Follow the book’s seasonal tips, or modify an out-of-season recipe by substituting whichever fresh ingredients happen to strike your fancy. With Soups & Stews paving the way, the possibilities for wholesome, home-cooked meals are endless.

Soups and Stews are Simpler than ever.

MY TAKE:

I bought this years ago when Borders was going out of business, in the clearance rack, along with an armload of other cookbooks on sale at the time. A big time soup-lover, I could not help myself, with cups of tomato soup, sprigs of thyme and a cube of golden bread. Throw in a big spiral to bind and the small size, I was intrigued.

I thumbed through the recipes, and there are many favorites among them Wild Mushroom Soup, Pinto Bean Soup, White Clam Chowder, Beef Chili and Beans, Split Pea Soup & Bacon to name just a few.

The little soup cookbook is divided into four sections, Vegetables & Bean Soups, Seafood Soups & Stews, Meat Soups and Stews, Poultry Soups and Stews. The recipes are not difficult, no special equipment or  preparation techniques needed, anyone from a basic home cook to a four-star restaurant will find the recipes simple and intriguing. They aren’t simplistic recipes and you’ll find the soups have depth with a lot of flavor, plus they can be as healthy as you wish, adding, subtracting or substituting ingredients as  you wish.

I would recommend Soups & Stews to anyone, giving 4 and a half stars.

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