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Oct 25, 2009 03:47 PM

soup cookbook?


I love making soups and often use recipes found here, online or in my cookbooks. What i don't have is a dedicated cookbook strictly for soup. I was considering the Williams Sonoma soup book, but wondered if anyone had suggestions for a great soup cookbook with a variety of suggestions.

Any help is appreciated!

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  1. The Soup Bible, a really large and heavy volume which I own and like, gets good reviews on Amazon. I found my copy on sale at Borders a few years ago, and also bought one as a gift for a friend.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I just saw the Soup Bible in the price reduced section at Barnes and Noble. I think it was $9 :) I have a copy but have yet to use it.

    2. I like the cookbook from The New England Soup Factory. I've had it for a few years now and pull it out just about this time of year for our Tuesday Soup dinners which run through the winter. I usually halve the recipes as most of them serve 8 - 10 and we're just 2 here. They feature readily available ingredients and are an easy prep. Here's a link to Amazon:

      Another book I like is "Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals: 125 Home Recipes from the Chef-Owner of New York City's Ouest and 'Cesca."

      Finally, If you glance through the COTM Archives you will see many cookbooks of varying ethnic and specialties all of which have a soup chapter. You might just discover a cuisine which will appeal to you:

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      1. re: Gio

        I Have The New England Soup Factory cookbook as well, I've made I think 5 different ones, they've all been good, everyone has loved them.

        1. re: LisaN

          I was going to recommend the NESF cookbook, too. Great mix of old standbys and creative new ideas.

      2. Barbara Kafka has a great book called "Soup, A Way Of Life", my favorite soup book

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        1. re: Joan F.

          Mine, too - I have really used that one. Also, James Peterson's Spendid Soups - those two are my most-used favorites.

        2. It's not a dedicated soup cookbook but has lots of soup recipes: Moosewood Daily Specials. I like the unusual combinations and flavors.

          1. "The Daily Soup Cookbook" has wonderful soup recipes drawn from cultures around the world. I like this one a lot.

            I used to have a Bernard Clayton book, I think it was titled "Soups, Stews and Chowders", but I gave it to the library - it was quite comprehensive however, mostly not unique or original, but a repetition of classic soups and stews that I mostly have in all the other cookbooks I own.