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Favorite Soup Cookbook??

The weather has finally cooled and I'm drooling about making soup to warm my days. I don't have a lot of soup experience though. I just have chicken soup and split pea vegetable in my repertoire. I have a recipe for my mom's cabbage soup with lamb that I've never made yet. And that's it.

Does anyone have a favorite soup cookbook they can recommend? How about a favorite soup recipe. The discussion the other day of Marcella Hazan's Tuscan Bean Soup got me salivating. I haven't located the recipe yet but that would be right up my alley I bet.

So bring on the soup recipes. Please!

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  1. I really love the Egyptian lentil dandelion soup that was in Saveur (April 1999). Somebody just dug it up for me cause I couldn't find that issue anymore.

    You cook a cup of lentils in 9 cups of water until tender, then saute onion, garlic, red chile, and grated ginger together for 10 minutes. The mixture is added to the lentils, along with dandelion greens, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper and cooked until the greens are tender. If the taste is a bit blah after the soup has cooked, I sometimes add a half chicken bouillon cube or a spoonful of the Better than Bouillon (or whatever it's called) Mushroom Base and simmer for a few minutes.

    Serve it with dollop of yoghurt. It's fabulous.

    1. I'm a soup fanatic. I cook them year round, I aspire to be the soup nazi like on Seinfeld. With that said, one of my favorites is James Peterson's Splendid Soups. It has many traditional ethnic standards as well as many other good recipes. I use it regularly.

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      1. re: Allfrog68

        Splendid Soups is pretty top notch

      2. We're real soup lovers too, KK. Here's a neat online resource I hope you'll enjoy as much as I do. TONS of recipes...


        1. Have made some great ones from The Big Book of Soups & Stews


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          1. re: pamd

            I really like this book too. I've been making the lentil and brown rice soup lately and it's delicious. I use french lentils and I think the results are better (they keep their shape and texture better than brown). The lentil and split pea with ham is great too. Both recipes are very easy - just a little chopping and throw everything into the pot and simmer away.

            Last Christmas I made the oven burgundy beef stew and it was amazing. It's time consuming but results are worth it. Recently my SO made the beef stroganoff and we thought it was good but the sauce felt a little thick to us. We'd adjust the liquid a bit so that the sauce comes out a little looser.

          2. I've been wanting to try the "Twelve Months of Monastery Soups" cookbook which is supposed to be great.

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            1. re: lupaglupa

              It is a very good book. So I say, Amen, Alleluia!

            2. I've been using Williams-Sonoma's "Soup" for a couple years and have been very happy with my results, esp. Butternut Squash with Roaster Garlic Soup, and Crab and Asparagus Soup.

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              1. re: Discoethan

                I love this one as well. Their lentil recipe is the best I've ever had IMO.
                I may need to make the crab and asparagus soup for lunch today!

                1. re: SweetPea914

                  FYI for others...they have a bunch on the website

                  and tons of other recipes too!

              2. I love the Daily Soup cookbook. I used to eat there at least once a week when I worked in NYC (and they were still around). The recipes I've tried have all been tasty and are all meant to create a bowl of soup that would be hearty enough to be eaten as a meal.


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                1. re: sistinas

                  Second the Daily Soup Cookbook - it's also fun to read. I also have James Peterson's book, which is great, but a bit overwhelming.

                  1. re: sistinas

                    Me too! And if I don't make a recipe from it, I get inspired to create something else from whatever I find..

                    Love Daily Soup cookbook. Does Daily Soup still exist as a chain in New York?

                    1. re: sistinas

                      My friend gave me a copy of Daily Soup and we both cook from it almost every week and swap our creations back and forth. So good. Many of the soups are totally straightforward but occassionally I've been pulled into a really time consuming endeavour with cooking, chilling shredding a whole chicken and chopping 17 different kids of vegetables. The end result was worth it, but be warned.

                    2. Bernie Clayton's Complete3 Book of Soups and Stews never fails to please.

                      1. My favorite soup recipes can be found in the Goldbecks' American Wholefoods Cuisine, and a few in Diet for a Small Planet.

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                        1. re: revsharkie

                          Great suggestions! Thanks. It looks like I'll have a very busy and filling winter. :-)

                        2. Well, it's not *entirely* a soup cookbook but about 40% of it is. Check out the "Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special" from the Moosewood Collective. Recipes for home made stocks, vegetable soups, bean and grain soups, creamy dairy soups, chilled soups, fish soups. Lots of variety, from traditional to creative.

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                          1. re: Caroline1

                            Moosewood Daily Special jumped to my mind too -- I just took mine off the shelf yesterday in preparation for my annual soup extravaganza, which lasts from now until the chill wears off in April.

                            Daily Special includes 40 "beans and grains" soups, 30 vegetable soups, six stocks, 24 creamy dairy soups (my favorites!) plus 20 chilled soups and 11 seafood soups. No meat... all veggies and a few seafood recipes.

                            I really like that this book encapsulates the realms of soups AND salads, drawing from all over the world for both. For winter dinners or weekend suppers, I often plan my entire menu right from this book, drooling (as you say!) over the soups and then selecting a salad to accompany, from a vast array of unusual and delicious salads. She also includes several recipes for dressings and goodies like biscuits to sop up all of that soup! The recipes here are both home-y and dressy, fantastic just for the family or for a house piled with guests. Mmmm!

                          2. The Daily Soup Cookbook. I haven't recommended it in a while, but it's one of the most cooked-from books in my kitchen. The recipes have to be tried to be believed.

                            1. 400 Best-Ever Soups by Ann Sheasby is possibly the best single resource (it's UK, but fully translated for American cooks; it's not well known in the US but readily available online here). It is thoughtfully edited, broad and deep; it is a rare book with illustrations for every recipe that merits it.

                              For higher concept, James Peterson's Splendid Soups - because anything James Peterson writes is worth having....

                              1. My current favorite is Tortillia soup. So easy too. Just saute onions garlic and a 1 lb 12oz can of crushed tomatoes in a little olive oil. Add a quart of chicken broth and some fresh dill and simmer 20 mins or so. Then I take a roasted chicken I just bought from the grocery store and shredd that in. You can top it with fried tortillia strips, monterey jack cheese and some sour cream. Yum!! I

                                1. The Soup Peddler is a good one -- both to cook from and to read!


                                  1. It is a vegetarian cookbook, but Vegetable Soups by Deborah Madison is great. Everything I've made from it has turned out delicious.

                                    1. I have both Peterson's "Splendid Soups and Barbara Kafka's Soup cookbook.

                                      You can't go wrong with either.

                                      1. I haven't found a bad recipe in Lydie Marshall's "Soup of the Day." Most of them are simple, basic, and very, very good.

                                        1. I like the Dairy Hollow House Soup and Bread Cookbook-she has a nice style, flavorful recipes and hits the whole soup, bread, and salad trinity.

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                                          1. re: girlwonder88

                                            Two suggestions: The first is Great Soup Empty Bowl. Lots of really interesting recipes all of which have been delicious! The second I give with some hesitation because I have only read it and never cooked from it. Still, it has a lot of chef's personal favorites and they sound great - Soup Kitchen (it may only be available by purchase from Amazon UK).

                                            1. re: kennedy

                                              Another good one to look at is Rick Curry's "The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking."

                                          2. I recently bought the book Soup of the Day: 365 Delicious Soup Recipes For Every Day And Season Of The Year, by Canadian Chef Brad McCrorie and I can't wait to try some of the recipes. It's low on glossy photos but I have a good imagination!

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                                            1. re: morebubbles

                                              I got the soup bible as a gift this Christmas and it is great! Well I have not tried any recipes yet (this week) but they all look wonderful and the pictures are great,,, I will post on the recipes next week! :)

                                            2. For Christmas I got the New England Soup Factory Cookbook. http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Sou... I've made two (mediterranian lentil and rice and a pumpkin) and they've been delicious, and there are many more I want to make.

                                              1. Saved by Soup, Judith Barrett.