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May 27, 2010

Cookbook: Sunday Soup

Sunday Soup cookbook 

Betty Rossbottom, who grew up in a non-soup-eating household in the Deep South, spent her college junior year abroad in France, where she fell in love with the potages made by her homestay host in Dijon and the vegetable soups served in her dorm at the Sorbonne. The soup love stayed with her, and the result is Sunday Soup: A Year's Worth of Mouthwatering, Easy-to-Make Recipes, a collection of 60 soups and a few companionable salads and sandwiches. Organized by the season, these recipes draw heavily on French and Italian traditions, with a smattering of Asian- and Mexican-inspired soups. Ms. Rossbottom -- food writer, cooking teacher, television show host, and frequent contributor to Bon Appetit -- writes with a directness that makes her recipes a breeze to follow. Most of the recipes really are easy to make; many are quick and easy; and some, though easy, need to be made on leisurely Sunday afternoons.

Each recipe tells you just how long it will take to prep and cook, whether the soup can be made ahead, and how to substitute with what's fresh at the market.

Here's what I've bookmarked; which of these soups shall we try first?

  • Spring New Potato and Garlic Soup, a creamy soup with parsley, chives, and Boursin cheese
  • Carrot Soup Scented with Sesame and Chives, garnished with homemade croutons
  • Thai-Style Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp, a variation of tom yom koong
  • Chilled Broccoli-Mascarpone Soup
  • Icy Cucumber Soup with Smoked Salmon and Dill
  • Paella Soup, a saffron broth with traditional paella toppings of chicken, shrimp and sausage

Please leave your choice in the comments, and I'll get to work.

If you're looking for a soup cookbook that takes advantage of produce from the farmer's markets and your CSA box, Sunday Soup is a great book to add to your cookbook collection.

Comments

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Posted by: judith | May 27, 2010 at 05:25 AM

carrot soup--mmmmmm

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Posted by: Andrea | May 27, 2010 at 05:53 AM

Paella Soup Please

3
Posted by: pam | May 27, 2010 at 06:32 AM

The new potato and garlic soup sounds divine! My chives are going crazy!

4
Posted by: Janel | May 27, 2010 at 08:54 AM

The Carrot Soup sounds good to me. Hopefully it's light and healthy.

5
Posted by: Jay | May 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Both the carrot and the potato, please. They sound wonderful.

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Posted by: Teresa | May 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Paella Soup, please!

7
Posted by: Wendy | May 27, 2010 at 01:22 PM

I like the choices so far-potato, carrot and paella!

8
Posted by: Ted Chaloner | May 27, 2010 at 02:29 PM

Paella Soup is my vote!

9
Posted by: Mary Ringer | May 27, 2010 at 03:53 PM

Icy Cucumber. It's warm here in Georgia!

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Posted by: Sarah | May 27, 2010 at 05:53 PM

Paella soup gets my vote too!

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Posted by: CJ McD | May 27, 2010 at 06:28 PM

Spring New Potato and Garlic Soup, a creamy soup with parsley, chives, and Boursin cheese

12
Posted by: Alta | May 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Paella Soup!

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Posted by: Carole | May 29, 2010 at 05:25 PM

Can't make up my mind. Actually, I'd like to try all of them.

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Posted by: Cheryl | June 5, 2010 at 08:02 PM

Paella Soup please!

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