Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review of The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself

My Review:

I love soup, really, really love soup. So the concept behind this book intrigued me. Now I'm not sold on being part of a soup club yet I am sold on these recipes. 

And there's so much more than just soup recipes-sandwiches, snacks, dips, quiche, stew, chili, salads, hummus and quick pickles.

My daughter and I are hummus fanatics so those recipes will come in handy...and the quick pickles...yum. I'll have a new way to use my freshly harvested vegetables at the end of summer. Which is always a plus. 

There are sooo many great soup recipes in here- bean soups, vegetable soups, meatball soup...and you'll learn how to make broths from scratch- chicken, beef, vegetable.

My favorite soup recipes from this book are the Potato Cheddar and Roasted Broccoli. Those will be going into regular soup rotation in my house.

Now the recipes make a huge pot- 8 quarts. That's so you have enough to share for a soup club. I'll probably cut them in half then send half of that to my mom. I don't know anyone else close by that's as passionate about soup as I am. So maybe mom and I can do a mini soup club. One week I'll make the soup, the next week she can make the soup. Sounds good to me. It'll be the mom and me soup club. :-)

The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself 

by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, Julie Peacock 

January 13, 2015

Pages: 240  
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3462-5


Food-sharing is the hot new thing in the "getting dinner on the table" conversation, and in The Soup Club Cookbook, four busy moms share not only their formula for starting a soup club--which gives you at least three meals every month when you don't have to worry about dinner--but also 150 fantastic recipes for soups and sides and storing tips for stretching those meals across the week.

The Soup Club began when four friends (who, between them, have four husbands and ten hungry kids and several jobs) realized that they didn’t actually have to cook at home every night to take pleasure in a home-cooked meal. They simply had to join forces and share meals, even if they weren’t actually eating them together. Caroline, Courtney, Julie, and Tina happen to be neighbors, but a soup club is for anyone: colleagues, a group of workout buddies, a book club. All you need are a few people who simply want to have more home-cooked food in their lives.

In a soup club each person takes a turn making soup—and sometimes other dishes for sides or for when everyone needs a break from soup, so if a club has four people, in a month each person will have dinner delivered three times—a dish that can start as a full meal and stretch into more dinners or lunches or even morph into a sauce. Soup is forgiving, versatile, and perfect for sharing; it can be spiced to taste, topped elaborately or not at all, and dressed up or down. It travels well and reheats beautifully.  The Soup Club Cookbook also has dozens of tips for cooking in quantity and for tailoring soup to individual tastes and needs. Here, too, are simple guidelines for starting your own soup club, anecdotes, and a few cautionary tales  that will inspire anyone to share food and eat well. 

Recipes include quick and easies, classics, twist on favorites, and dozens of flavor-rich new crowd pleasers:  

   • Carrot Coconut and Chicken Chili, 
   • Senegalese Peanut Soup 
   • Faux Ramen 
   • Red Lentil Curry Soup 
   • Potato Cheddar Soup 
   • Sun Dried Tomato Soup 
   • Jeweled Rice Salad 
   • Cheddar Cornbread, 
   • Summer Corn Hash 
   • Soy Simmered Chicken Wings

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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