The Simple Soups Deck: 50 Easy Recipes for Satisfying Soups
Maryana Vollstedt & Paulette Mitchell
Chronicle, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
aving sons heading off to live on their own, I was on the look-out for simple recipe collections to offer them.
The Simple Soups Deck
- one of a series of card decks from
, including 50 recipes for both simple soups and stews - fits the bill perfectly.
he fold-out card at the front quotes the Spanish proverb: '
Of soup and love, the first is best
' and goes on to talk about soup's '
' for entertaining. Techniques explain the use of stock (bought or made from scratch); discuss the use of dried versus fresh herbs; and talk about simmering soups. Individual cards are organized under:
(vegetable, chicken and beef); 25
Beef, Pork & Lamb Soups
; and even 2
lthough this is called a
Simple Soups Deck
, it also includes quite a few recipes for stews, like
Classic Oyster Stew
. Each card starts with a preparation or serving tip, followed by a list of ingredients, instructions on cooking and serving, and the number of portions that result. I plan to start simmering
Cauliflower & Fennel Soup
Good Old Split-Pea Soup
, but I'm sure you'll find your own favorites. As the author/chefs remind us,
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