Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Soup of the Day

The Cookbook Challenge that I am hosting, also offers an oppertunity to look into the cookbooks on my virtual shelf. I picked up this soup cookbook from that shelf to finally make some recipes from.

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

From Goodreads:
"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."

Personal opinion:
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.

This post is part of Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Please take a look for your next food inspiration! Also part of the Cookbook Challenge hosted by myself. You can sign up here!


  1. I'd buy that book for its pretty cover ;) I've got a vegan soup book that I use occasionally, but adapting soups is usually not the biggest problem.

    Your soup looks tasty! I often make a red bell pepper & tomato soup. Sometimes I add in fennel or carrot. When I'm in a hurry, I use canned tomato, but using fresh ones doesn't cost a lot of time. The cream can be easily omitted, which I usually do, because - in my opinion - it makes the soup too heavy.

    What is your next soup project from this book? :)

    1. I like my soups heavy because I just eat them as a main meal with bread on the side. So heavy and filling is good then :) I like fresh tomatoes but only in the summer. The current tomatoes are much more watery and less flavourful.

      I have several soups marked. Like a curried Leek and apple soup, vegetables in coconut lime broth, cream of spinach soup, red cabbage and apple soup, potato-rosemary soup and butternut soup with pears. And I haven't even looked at the spring and summer sections much ;)

  2. I agree--I would totally buy this book. I love soup, and I'm still looking for the perfect homemade tomato soup recipe. This one sounds really good, with the added flavor of the red bell pepper.

  3. Oh, nice! I also love soups, the thicker and creamier the better, :). Sounds like the perect soup cook book.

  4. I love soups and 365 days of them would be a nice thing! Your red pepper soup looks delicious.

  5. I too could eat soup every single day. In fact I made soup last night! Williame-Sanoma cookbooks are always reliable. I have some farm-fresh peppers in the house, I think I'll roast them this week and try this soup. It looks perfect for these cool nights.

  6. I love soup and could eat it every day, too! Once the weather turns cool, I always have some in the refrigerator just waiting to be warmed. There are several recipes I use all the time, but a Williams-Sonoma cookbook would definitely provide some fresh inspiration.

  7. I love soup too and am always looking for new recipes. (I have some Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish just waiting for me in the frig for lunch.) I'll have to keep my eyes out for this book.

  8. Must look for this book! Love soup season. Thanks for sharing this recipe :).

  9. Your roasted red pepper and tomato soup looks amazing. Such a great recipe for cooler days.

  10. I love soup, and I love that it's soup season. I'm a fan of roasted red pepper, and this combination looks delicious! Will have to make it soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. I just love soup and have a friend who likes it just a much. This is a definite book for the Christmas list and that soup may just get made this weekend. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  12. it is soup time! I love the look of that one on the cover.

  13. Oh, I used to have a recipe similar to this but then I lost it! I might have to give this one a try.

  14. I'm always tempted by soup cookbooks but don't buy them because I tend to make soup to use up whatever I have in the house, I don't set out to make a specific kind of soup. This book does look really nice though!

  15. I have declared a halt to buying cookbooks for now but will look for this one at the library. The pureed red pepper sounds like a tasty ingredient.