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June 21, 2010

Cookbook: Soup's On!


In Soup's On!: Soul-Satisfying Recipes from Your Favorite Cookbook Authors and Chefs, some of my favorite cookbook authors and chefs turned their talent to my favorite part of the meal -- the soup course. From Bruce Aidells to Martin Yan, an entire alphabet of chefs contributed recipes to this book, and a portion of the proceeds goes to NextCourse, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable food in public institutions, working with women in the San Francisco County Jail and with high school students in the Mission. Cat Cora, Suzanne Goin, Ruth Reichl, Hubert Keller, Gabrielle Hamilton, Jacques Pepin, Deborah Madison, Charlie Trotter, Judy Rodgers, Alice Waters... they're all together in this well-designed, easy-to-use cookbook, sharing healthy and hearty soup recipes.

You can see in the photo that I've marked many dishes from this book, beginning with those that are appropriate to the season (summer) here in New England. (That soup I marked with two stars is on this list.) Which soup shall we try first?

  • Garlicky cucumber-yogurt soup, by Marlena Spieler
  • Pappa col pomodoro, a tomato-bread soup by Tony Mantuano (a recent Top Chef Masters contestant)
  • Cream of corn soup with basil oil, by Linda Carucci
  • Farro and kale soup with poached egg and parmesan crostini, by Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake
  • Spicy summer squash and yellow split pea soup, by Ayla Algar
  • Green-lipped mussels in coconut broth, with a bit of curry, by Cindy Pawlcyn (founder of Fog City Diner and also a Top Chef Masters contestant)

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

If you're looking for a soup cookbook that brings dozens of the country's best chefs right into your kitchen, you'll want to add Soup's On! to your cookbook collection.


Posted by: kati | June 21, 2010 at 09:02 AM

Cream of Corn/basil oil sounds yummy

Posted by: CJ McD | June 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

What wonderful summery soups! My first inclination was the tomatoe-bread soup, but as I scrolled down the list my eyes got stuck on Cream of Corn with basil oil.

I'm a sucker for summer corn with basil.

Posted by: Daryl | June 21, 2010 at 07:31 PM

At first I was going to say cream of corn but the more I think of it I vote for garlicky cucumber yogurt.

Posted by: susan g | June 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Summer squash and yspeas: I am expecting too much squash from the garden.

Posted by: Sandie {A Bloggable Life} | June 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Green-lipped mussels in coconut broth, with a bit of curry. Why? Because the best shrimp I've ever tasted were cooked in coconut milk---has to be somewhat similar & pleasing, no? Besides, I heart mussels :)

Posted by: Angie | June 29, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Green-lipped mussels in coconut broth, with a bit of curry

Sounds fresh & summery as well as a bit of flavor complexity -- interesting.

Posted by: Princess Anna | May 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

the Papa and the Spicy Squash !

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