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Sep 7, 2006 05:40 PM

Soup Cookbook

My Daughter-in-law mentioned she would like to learn to cook soup. As the family likes fine food I would like to gift her with the best soup cookbook available. I am seeking any and all input.


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  1. It is hard to go wrong with Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Soups and Stews.

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    1. re: Candy

      I second Bernard Clayton's. We've loved every soup we've tried and the variety is great. We've been using it for many many years. Helps to get thru the winters in New England. I have not tried or seen the Jame's Peterson one. I'll check that out.

    2. James Peterson's ``Soup'' is the classic book on the subject. Very comprehensive.

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      1. re: condiment

        I think you mean Splendid Soups, which I agree is probably the most comprehensive and definitive soup book.
        The only criticism is that some of the recipes are not easy.

        I also really like Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews and One Pot Meals, but part of my bias is that I really like this chef and his restaurants.

        1. re: Pupster

          I second Tom Valenti. I just recommended it in another post!

      2. Saved By Soup by Judith Barrett

        I've used this book for years and it has worked well for me. Mostly because there are fast easy soups that are easy to throw together at a moment's notice.

        1. I like the Food & Wine series, Quick from Scratch. They have one called Quick from Scratch Soups and Salads that I use --maybe an additional gift? :)

          1. Thank you one and all! I may need to buy more than one of these books. Hope I can find some of them locally so I can peek inside, otherwise it will be Amazon. Again, thank you, you have saved a Mother-in-law!