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January 20, 2011

Cookbook: Skinny Soups

Skinny Soups cookbook, a barn sale find.

Early in December, my husband Ted and I hosted a yard sale fundraiser in our barn. Most of the items for sale related to cooking or baking: kitchenware, dishes, and cookbooks. Of course I was the earliest of early birds, and I snatched up Skinny Soups: Over 100 hearty low-fat nutrition-rich calorie-wise soups by Ruth Glick and Nancy Baggett. Written almost two decades ago by two prolific cookbook and magazine writers, Skinny Soups employs a few basic strategies to boost the nutritional value of soups, such as eliminating butter and cream, and reducing the salt.

The recipes include limited nutrition information, and there are no photos (fairly common for cookbooks of this era, as technology didn't permit the quality digital photos we have today), but several soups tempt me in this cold winter weather. A few call for bouillion cubes; I'll replace that with homemade stock. And four of the six are vegetarian, or can be with the substitution of vegetable stock.

Please help me decide which to try first:

  • Garbanzo and couscous soup
  • Spicy barley soup
  • Portuguese style fisherman's pot, with mussels and potatoes
  • Spicy beef and cabbage soup
  • Sesame noodle soup
  • Red onion and apple soup with curry

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

Keep an eye out at yard sales and thrift shops. They're great sources of cookbooks, as well as soup bowls and tureens for serving.


Posted by: Maris (In Good Taste) | January 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM

I met Nancy Baggett at BlogHer Food and she couldn't have been nicer! Will keep an eye out for this book.

I vote either the sesame noodles or Portuguese style fisherman's pot -- that sounds really interesting!

Posted by: Treeswing | January 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Ooh!! I can't decide between these two:

Spicy barley soup
Portuguese style fisherman's pot, with mussels and potatoes

My sweetie would love both!

Posted by: wic | January 20, 2011 at 04:04 AM

Spicy beef and cabbage soup sounds good to me.

Posted by: Nora Almond | January 20, 2011 at 05:53 AM

My vote is Red Onion and Apple only because those items are presently on my kitchen counter. All the choices are enticing.

Posted by: judith | January 20, 2011 at 06:18 AM

spciy beef and cabbage!

Posted by: Ellicia | January 20, 2011 at 06:28 AM

Red Onion and Apple. Sounds spicy, slightly sweet, creamy. Just needs some crunch, possibly finely chopped apples and walnuts for garnish. Warm the cockles of your heart and your tummy.

Posted by: Sarah @ Semi-Sweet | January 20, 2011 at 06:39 AM

Oooh, love finding oldies at yard sales/used book sales/etc.! I'd vote for the garbanzo bean/couscous or the sesame noodle. But I anxiously await whatever you make, so have at it!

Posted by: Mary | January 20, 2011 at 06:56 AM

Spicy beef and cabbage!

Posted by: MBK | January 20, 2011 at 07:07 AM

sesame noodle please!

Posted by: Jessica Grosman | January 20, 2011 at 07:17 AM

Garbanzo and couscous!!!

Posted by: jane george | January 20, 2011 at 07:24 AM

Love mussels, so I vote for the Portuguese Fishermens Pot.

Posted by: Daryl Callahan | January 20, 2011 at 07:44 AM

I am torn between spicy barley and spicy beef and cabbage! I guess you can tell I like spicy!!!

Posted by: marsha | January 20, 2011 at 07:46 AM

Spicy beef and cabbage is my first choice. They all sound good though.

Posted by: Jeanette | January 20, 2011 at 07:59 AM

The spicy barley soup and garbanzo couscous soup sound tasty!

Posted by: Susie Riley | January 20, 2011 at 08:00 AM

I'd love to hear about the garbanzo and couscous soup - it sounds unusual, filling, great for a blustery day and delicious!!

Posted by: Celeste B. | January 20, 2011 at 08:24 AM

The Portugese style fisherman's pot sounds good.

Posted by: El Rose | January 20, 2011 at 08:25 AM

•Portuguese style fisherman's pot, with mussels and potatoes

hands down!

Posted by: Debby Tracy | January 20, 2011 at 08:27 AM

I vote for the spicy beef and cabbage soup. Sounds delish.

Posted by: Pauline | January 20, 2011 at 08:40 AM

After much "eyes closed, mental tasting", it will have to be Portuguese style fisherman's pot. I love multi-textured, messy soups.

Posted by: SCL | January 20, 2011 at 08:44 AM

Definitely spicy barley . . . . or maybe spicy beef and cabbage!

Posted by: Rupert | January 20, 2011 at 08:46 AM

Portuguese fisherman's pot or sesame noodle get my vote.

Posted by: Melynda | January 20, 2011 at 08:47 AM

Spicy barley, but you could do a soup weekly until they are all tried.

Posted by: Teresa | January 20, 2011 at 08:47 AM

My vote is for the Portuguese style fisherman's pot!

Posted by: Christa | January 20, 2011 at 08:53 AM

Spicy barley!

Posted by: Cheryl | January 20, 2011 at 09:29 AM

Portuguese style fisherman's pot sound wonderful!

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