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Dec 19, 2013 01:06 PM

Looking for a cookbook recommendation: topic = SOUPS!


I hope this is the right place to ask. I'm looking to buy a cookbook for my mom for Xmas that specializes in soup. We tend to like healthy, vegetable-y soups, but are not restricted to that. We eat meat but in moderation. Only thing I wouldn't want too much of in the book are weird/esoteric ingredients you'd have to go to a specialty store to get. Stuff that can be found in most bigger grocery stores is fine.

I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. I recently bought one called Splendid Soups by James Peterson (John Wiley & Sons, 2001), but I haven't used it yet. It's a large book, over 600 pages, and that's nearly all recipes, not pictures.

    1. The New England Soup Factory Cookbook is one of my favorites cookbooks solely devoted to soups but with a chapter of sandwiches and salads. Everything I've cooked from this book has been excellent. Here's a list of recipe titles in the book with ingredients listed but no actual recipes...

      Amazon's listing...

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      1. re: Gio

        I love this book. I often reduce the "chunky" stuff since I love a brothy soup and they still come out so very well.

        I live only miles from one of their retail outlets, and have never been! Based on these recipes, I really should make the effort.

        1. re: smtucker

          You should really hit them up and try a bunch of their delicious soups, sammies and salads. Their mazoh balls are pretty awesome.

          I dream about their tomato soup with cheddar and habanero.

        2. I am a huge soup fan, so will be following this thread . . .

          I have Barbara Kafka's Soup cookbook - have had it for years - can't say I ever really use it (I know not helpful but for what it is worth).

          1. Those are exactly the three I would recommend: Peterson, New England soup factory and Kafka.

            I have them all and love soup.

            I'd put them in this order, though:

            NESF - lucky enough to be near their restaurant once in awhile and everything is delicious. It's a great book.



            1. I have several soup cookbooks, this is my hands down favorite:

              12 Months of Monastery Soups, Victor D'Avila-Latourrette

              Soup recipes by month, with a focus on simple, delicious fare...