Title: Soup of the Day
Author: Kate McMillan
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Release date: January 2012
Length: 304 pages
I got this book: For review through NetGalley
"Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day offers a tantalizing collection of 365 soup recipes: one for each day of the year. Colorful calendars at the beginning of each chapter offer an at-a-glance view of the dishes best suited for the ingredients, occasions, and typical weather of the month. From January to December, you’ll find a seasonal soup that will satisfy any craving, and match any meal ranging from a quick weeknight supper to an elegant dinner party. A handful of the recipes are even appropriate for the holiday table, while others are perfect for using up a leftover roast or chicken. Notes accompanying each recipe offer ideas for ingredient variations, garnishes, and other helpful tips. All of the soups can be dressed up or dressed down; served in rustic earthenware mugs or on heirloom china; garnished with a flourish of fried herbs or dollop of pesto, or stripped down to the bare, tasty essentials—the possibilities are endless, but always delicious."
I just love soup! That is why this cookbook was calling to me and I just had to check it out. I am so glad I did because when only leafing through, I bookmarked many recipes already that I want to try. I first tried making my own fresh soups during last fall and ever since homemade soup is a regular on the menu here. This book is perfect for soup lovers because it offers such variation. Another plus is that this is a seasonal cookbook. I really like that because it helps you picking veggies that are in season and that is always a good thing. The cookbook is very basic with easy and quick recipes, just the way I like it.
There aren't pictures with every recipe, but still there are plenty of full page pictures in this book. This book offers a good variation of recipes and is also a good option for vegetarians. There are many vegetarian soups on the menu and a lot others are easily adapted. Vegans might have a harder time though. But for vegetarians: this is as vegetarian friendly as normal cookbooks get. I expect that this book will become one of my favorites very quickly.
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And now of course a recipe that I slightly adapted from this book:
Roasted red bell pepper and tomato soup: (serves 4)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 875 canned diced tomatoes (including juices)
- 2 roasted red bell peppers, chopped (or about 3 canned)
- some heavy cream
- 3 bay leaves (optional)
Heat the butter and oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook shortly until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and the bay leaves and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer, uncovered for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the bay leaves and puree the soup with a handheld blender. Add cream and bring the soup to a boil. Remove from heat, add some salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Vegan option: Use plant based butter and soy cream.
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