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October 28, 2010

Cookbook: Saved by Soup

Saved by Soup

My husband Ted and I met Judith Barrett at an event hosted at a Boston restaurant when her first book, Risotto, was published in 1989. Since then I've been a huge fan of her straightforward recipes that always seem to work. Saved by Soup: More than 100 Delicious Low-Fat Soups to Eat and Enjoy Every Day came out more than a decade ago, and the recipes are as fresh as ever in these health-conscious times.

Saved by Soup is not a diet book. However, the author turned to low-fat soups when she found her weight inching up. She began eating soup for lunch and dinner, and realized that soup filled her up without weighing her down. Many of the recipes are lower in fat than traditional soup recipes, but with all the flavor of the originals.

The book is organized by soup type and season: unbeatable bean soups, good and good for you chicken soups, Far Eastern flavors, hearty fall and winter soups, zuppa (Italian-inspired soups), soups that zing, summer soups and dessert soups, and more. Most of the recipes are quick and easy, as soup should be.

What shall we cook first?

  • Lemony chickpea and escarole soup
  • Leek, tomato and shrimp chowder
  • Zuppa of farro with tomatoes and spinach
  • New England lobster and corn chowder
  • Corn and chile chowder
  • Pear and red wine soup

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

Saved by Soup might not save your life, but the recipes are guaranteed to make you happy. And, maybe, a wee bit skinny, too.


Posted by: Colleen | October 28, 2010 at 08:21 AM

Corn and chili chowder would be my first choice. As the leaves turn color and begin to decorate the lawn, anything "chili" is welcome in our home!!

Posted by: Linda | October 28, 2010 at 08:27 AM

Leek, tomato and shrimp sounds good. I've made the Lemony Chickpea and Escarole, it was delicious.

Posted by: CJ McD | October 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Wow. They all sound good. I make a lemony chickpea-escarole soup all the time, so I'll go with....corn and chile chowder.

Posted by: Mjanegeorge | October 28, 2010 at 01:55 PM

I would try the Lobster & Corn chowder and then the Pear & red wine for dessert!

Posted by: Teresa | October 28, 2010 at 03:13 PM

The corn and chili chowder jumped out calling "pick me, pick me!"

Posted by: April in CT | October 28, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I hope you plan on doing them all because each one sounds great! I'm voting leek, tomato and shrimp chowder.

Posted by: Pam | October 29, 2010 at 05:34 AM

They all sound tasty! I'd like the lemony chick pea soup first please, and then, on to the lobster corn chowder! Then, the rest of them, as this is the season for all soups!

Posted by: Andrea Meyers | October 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I vote for the lobsta chowda. I miss Maine.

Posted by: Bonnie | October 29, 2010 at 02:44 PM

I believe I'll start with the Lemony Chickpea and follow with the Lobster corn chowder and finish with the pear & red wine soup...

Posted by: Kate | December 16, 2010 at 01:10 PM

I borrowed the book from a library, and tried several soups in the book. Now, I want to buy this book! Easy to cook, and some of them are very good for health. You can eat a lot of kale if you follow her recipe.

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