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Soup Cookbook

Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 05:40 PM

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. Candy RE: Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 05:46 PM

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

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      Ally Cat RE: Candy Sep 7, 2006 06:38 PM

      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.

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      condiment RE: Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 05:49 PM

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

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        Pupster RE: condiment Sep 7, 2006 07:06 PM

        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.

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          MuppetGrrl RE: Pupster Sep 7, 2006 09:11 PM

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

      2. beetlebug RE: Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 06:48 PM

        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.

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          morebubbles RE: Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 07:03 PM

          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? :)

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            Adams Rib RE: Adams Rib Sep 7, 2006 10:10 PM

            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!

            1. Chocolatechipkt RE: Adams Rib Sep 8, 2006 12:51 AM

              The Soup Peddler's Slow and Difficult Soups

              I haven't purchased this one yet, but I've seen great reviews! :)

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                Kagey RE: Adams Rib Sep 8, 2006 09:54 AM

                I've said this before and I'll say it again: the Daily Soup Cookbook. I've cooked a lot of soups from this book and every one has been fantastic. Plus, it's funny and well-written.

                1. NYchowcook RE: Adams Rib Sep 8, 2006 11:15 AM

                  Another idea is the CIA's book: Book of Soups. for the home cook.

                  1. Karl S RE: Adams Rib Sep 8, 2006 12:16 PM

                    In addition to James Peterson's "Splendid Soups" (and anything by James Peterson generally), I can recommend a newly published book that is very nifty, even if the print is a bit smallish, 400 Best-Ever Soups, by Anne Sheasby:


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                      Marsha RE: Adams Rib Sep 8, 2006 03:27 PM

                      Lydie Marshall's Soup of the Day (foreward by Calvin Trillin). I'm working my way through it and it hasn't let me down yet.

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