Friday, May 22, 2015

The Soup Club Cookbook by Courtney Allison [and 3 others]

Would you like to be a part of a community of friends who share home-cooked meals? The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself is the perfect cookbook for anyone wanting to learn how to start and carry out a soup club. This cookbook was written by four neighbors who have been in their soup club for several years.The rules of the club are: you should make one quart of soup per adult or four to eight quarts of soup a week, the soups should stand alone as a meal, the cook delivers the soup, and the empty jars have to be delivered to the next week's cook. Besides the wonderful selection of soup recipes in The Soup Club Cookbook there are chapters on Toppings for the soups, Food for Forks & Fingers, such as salads & dressings, Breads, Grains & Pastas, Big Food, and Cook's Snacks such as hummus and nuts. It is suggested that a soup club can be formed with neighbors, book club members, coworkers, or any people who would enjoy eating home-cooked food on a regular basis.

I love the premise of this cookbook, to take turns cooking big pots of soup and sharing with other members of the club. According to the cookbook, if your club is comprised of 4 members, a person would only have to cook their big pot of soup once a month and would therefore receive three meals a month. I think that I could handle that. The authors have covered every aspect of being in a soup club, including the message that "Your week will sometimes fall at the most inconvenient moment in your busy life," music to cook to, tools for cooking and delivery, and even how long it takes to boil a big stockpot of water. You will find that there is more to The Soup Club Cookbook than soup because the other recipes for salads & dressings, breads, toppings, snacks, and more are just as wonderful. The photographs and the layout with tips, notes, and stories make this cookbook very engaging. Perhaps The Soup Club Cookbook will inspire you to form a soup club where nourishing food made from scratch can be shared and enjoyed by all.

FYI: If you don't think that you will be cooking hot soups now that summer is almost here, there is a chapter in the cookbook with recipes for refreshing chilled soups made with summer fruits and vegetables.

Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup by Maggie Stuckey and The Soup & Bread Cookbook: More Than 100 Seasonal Pairings for Simple, Satisfying Meals by Beatrice Ojakangas are two more cookbooks that would be perfect for a soup club.

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