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Food-sharing is the hot new thing in the "getting dinner on the table" conversation, and in The Soup Club Cookbook, four busy moms share not only their formula for starting a soup club--which gives you at least three meals every month when you don't have to worry about dinner--but also 150 fantastic recipes for soups and sides and storing tips for stretching those meals ac Food-sharing is the hot new thing in the "getting dinner on the table" conversation, and in The Soup Club Cookbook, four busy moms share not only their formula for starting a soup club--which gives you at least three meals every month when you don't have to worry about dinner--but also 150 fantastic recipes for soups and sides and storing tips for stretching those meals across the week.   The Soup Club began when four friends (who, between them, have four husbands and ten hungry kids and several jobs) realized that they didn’t actually have to cook at home every night to take pleasure in a home-cooked meal. They simply had to join forces and share meals, even if they weren’t actually eating them together. Caroline, Courtney, Julie, and Tina happen to be neighbors, but a soup club is for anyone: colleagues, a group of workout buddies, a book club. All you need are a few people who simply want to have more home-cooked food in their lives. In a soup club each person takes a turn making soup—and sometimes other dishes for sides or for when everyone needs a break from soup, so if a club has four people, in a month each person will have dinner delivered three times—a dish that can start as a full meal and stretch into more dinners or lunches or even morph into a sauce. Soup is forgiving, versatile, and perfect for sharing; it can be spiced to taste, topped elaborately or not at all, and dressed up or down. It travels well and reheats beautifully.  The Soup Club Cookbook also has dozens of tips for cooking in quantity and for tailoring soup to individual tastes and needs. Here, too, are simple guidelines for starting your own soup club, anecdotes, and a few cautionary tales  that will inspire anyone to share food and eat well.   Recipes include quick and easies, classics, twist on favorites, and dozens of flavor-rich new crowd pleasers:      • Carrot Coconut and Chicken Chili,    • Senegalese Peanut Soup    • Faux Ramen    • Red Lentil Curry Soup    • Potato Cheddar Soup    • Sun Dried Tomato Soup    • Jeweled Rice Salad    • Cheddar Cornbread,    • Summer Corn Hash    • Soy Simmered Chicken Wings


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Food-sharing is the hot new thing in the "getting dinner on the table" conversation, and in The Soup Club Cookbook, four busy moms share not only their formula for starting a soup club--which gives you at least three meals every month when you don't have to worry about dinner--but also 150 fantastic recipes for soups and sides and storing tips for stretching those meals ac Food-sharing is the hot new thing in the "getting dinner on the table" conversation, and in The Soup Club Cookbook, four busy moms share not only their formula for starting a soup club--which gives you at least three meals every month when you don't have to worry about dinner--but also 150 fantastic recipes for soups and sides and storing tips for stretching those meals across the week.   The Soup Club began when four friends (who, between them, have four husbands and ten hungry kids and several jobs) realized that they didn’t actually have to cook at home every night to take pleasure in a home-cooked meal. They simply had to join forces and share meals, even if they weren’t actually eating them together. Caroline, Courtney, Julie, and Tina happen to be neighbors, but a soup club is for anyone: colleagues, a group of workout buddies, a book club. All you need are a few people who simply want to have more home-cooked food in their lives. In a soup club each person takes a turn making soup—and sometimes other dishes for sides or for when everyone needs a break from soup, so if a club has four people, in a month each person will have dinner delivered three times—a dish that can start as a full meal and stretch into more dinners or lunches or even morph into a sauce. Soup is forgiving, versatile, and perfect for sharing; it can be spiced to taste, topped elaborately or not at all, and dressed up or down. It travels well and reheats beautifully.  The Soup Club Cookbook also has dozens of tips for cooking in quantity and for tailoring soup to individual tastes and needs. Here, too, are simple guidelines for starting your own soup club, anecdotes, and a few cautionary tales  that will inspire anyone to share food and eat well.   Recipes include quick and easies, classics, twist on favorites, and dozens of flavor-rich new crowd pleasers:      • Carrot Coconut and Chicken Chili,    • Senegalese Peanut Soup    • Faux Ramen    • Red Lentil Curry Soup    • Potato Cheddar Soup    • Sun Dried Tomato Soup    • Jeweled Rice Salad    • Cheddar Cornbread,    • Summer Corn Hash    • Soy Simmered Chicken Wings

30 review for The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Four NYC friends decided to make a Soup Club. Once a week one person cooks a big batch of soup and delivers dinner to the other three club members. Then she's off the hook for the next three weeks while the other members and making and delivering soup to her. Genius! I want to make all of these recipes. Also, I want to find three friends to do this with me. Let there be soup!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I don't usually review cookbooks but I read this one and am eager to try many of the recipes, and I wanted to keep a record of having found it this year. I got it out from the library and will be making something this weekend. The recipes yield a lot of soup, since you're supposed to be sharing it with 3 other families, but I will halve or third the recipes and have it for my lunches.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trace

    Great cookbook! I easily found, on my first read-through, about 8 different recipes that I want to try! I love the concept organizing a Soup Club as well. Now is probably not the best time to start one (during the pandemic) - but its a great idea!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kamstra

    Pros: There were a number of things that I loved about this cookbook. First of all, while I'm not sure it is something that will be happening in the near future, I love this idea of a "Soup Club." On a more practical level (at least for me) I enjoyed this book and it gave me ideas of meals to offer to someone in church who may have had a surgery or just had a baby. What a great way to fill a need! I also enjoyed reading about the flexibility of so many of these recipes. It's mentioned a few time Pros: There were a number of things that I loved about this cookbook. First of all, while I'm not sure it is something that will be happening in the near future, I love this idea of a "Soup Club." On a more practical level (at least for me) I enjoyed this book and it gave me ideas of meals to offer to someone in church who may have had a surgery or just had a baby. What a great way to fill a need! I also enjoyed reading about the flexibility of so many of these recipes. It's mentioned a few times, how forgiving soup can be! I probably needed the reminder. The recipes for making broth are something else that I find helpful in this book. Finally, I really enjoyed the anecdotes shared. So many of the stories and snippets within the pages made me feel like a part of this group of four ladies. Cons: I tend to be the type of person that I know what I like and I think I know what I don't like. In other words, I'm not the most open to trying new things. A number of these soups feel a bit "exotic" to me and not many of them seem to be variations on favorites (which I was hoping for more of). So, from that standpoint I was a bit disappointed, but I understand that as more of preference thing. I also found that the book tends to suggest buying various ingredients that I'm not familiar with or tend to be pricier (at least around here). Also, the cookbook is very much designed to use in the "Soup Club" format. Most of the soups will make 8 quarts, which is quite a bit of soup. While they mention that the recipes can easily be cut in half or doubled (however needed) it would be nice to have either smaller quantities listed or listed the ingredients for various amounts. I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Turner

    Who "reads" a cookbook? After all, they are just a laundry list of ingredients and a bit of narrative of how to throw it all together. Well, I "read" cookbooks . . . like a novel with a plot. I imagine how these laundry lists are going to fit together, how these ingredients are going to be chopped, sliced, smashed, seasoned, sauced . . . how I am going to throw them all together. How they are going to smell. How they will morph as other ingredients are added. I imagine the final plating . . . an Who "reads" a cookbook? After all, they are just a laundry list of ingredients and a bit of narrative of how to throw it all together. Well, I "read" cookbooks . . . like a novel with a plot. I imagine how these laundry lists are going to fit together, how these ingredients are going to be chopped, sliced, smashed, seasoned, sauced . . . how I am going to throw them all together. How they are going to smell. How they will morph as other ingredients are added. I imagine the final plating . . . and that first bite. I am charmed by some of these "short stories." And I found this cookbook quite charming. Lots of unique and interesting recipes, not your typical rehash of Chicken Noodle Soup, but an introduction to Watermelon Gazpacho poured over leftover bake salmon, garnished with a slice of jalapeño pepper. Or Senegalese Peanut Soup with ginger, curry powder, coconut milk and sweet potatoes. The title of this book is The Soup Club Cookbook and the book reiterates the experiences of the four ladies in this "club." Each week, one of the ladies prepares eight quarts of soup to share with the other families in the group. Remember the Progressive Dinner Parties of the 1970s? Or the Fondue Parties of the 1980s? Or, my favorite, of the 1990s, the Cookie Exchange (I was a member of one)! This is one of those things. But the book is more. Tips, tricks, unique ideas and ingredients, wild and weird combinations. Salmon and watermelon? It's a fun read, if nothing else, for the anecdotes each Soup Nazi shares. I was inspired last night to cook up a crockpot-full of the Broccoli Cheddar Soup, garnished with sour cream and tortilla strips. Yumm! Go read a cookbook.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    If you like to make soup...and especially if you have friends to share it with...this is the book for you. The recipes make 8 quarts of soup, a bit much if there are just two (or even four) in your family. But if you have a tradition of sharing soup with friends in need or just sharing the bounty of your kitchen, you are sure to find several new favorites in this collection. The stories of the Soup Club are interesting but not the highlight of the book. The recipes ARE a bit intense at times; no If you like to make soup...and especially if you have friends to share it with...this is the book for you. The recipes make 8 quarts of soup, a bit much if there are just two (or even four) in your family. But if you have a tradition of sharing soup with friends in need or just sharing the bounty of your kitchen, you are sure to find several new favorites in this collection. The stories of the Soup Club are interesting but not the highlight of the book. The recipes ARE a bit intense at times; not intended for the cook who insists on five ingredients or less. If you are willing to venture out a bit, you will be rewarded! Highly recommended for the serious soup chef.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Meatless man chili, I don't think so.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I love soup, so when I heard about this book I thought, "Genius!" and suggested to some neighbors that we start a soup club. They said, "yes!" I enjoyed reading how these four friends set up their soup club and thought the opening section "How to Be a Soup Club," was the best part of the book. The recipes are interesting, but none jumped out at me and yelled, "Cook me!"

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I think this the first cookbook I have read, cover to cover. Of course, recipes are pretty fast reading. (Okay, I skipped the ones with meat.) The story behind the club and the time and effort the members put into making the soup and delivering it—with garnishes— is charming. I'm going to try a few of the recipes especially now that it's finally cooled off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    I started using this book when I started a soup club after hearing about the idea from a friend. Simple straight forward soup recipes — I’ve only done the vegetable soups so far but they have all been delicious and a hit at my house. This book also got me into using an immersion blender!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hutt Stapfer Bell

    Soup, once a week - Innovative, healthy, clever and tasty! Here is a book of ideas for planned meals that could feed multitudes. Very nice!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sepples

    Love this idea---and the soups look delectable! Going for an all vegetarian soup club---AT WORK!

  13. 5 out of 5

    S

    Good ideas. Not enough pictures. Didn't find a single soup I wanted to make.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    although there are only a handful of recipes that speak to me in this book I love the idea of a soup club and also the review of basics and the focus on the additions to soup.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Smillie

    This is an excellent guide to having your own soup club with friends and/or family. With just a minimum of four people participating and a rotation of once a month of you cooking a big ol’ pot of soup to fill quart jars to share with three other people (and feed yourself), you can be part of a soup club! I love soup. I’m in love with soup. At restaurants, I check out the soup part of the menu and if it’s a popular soup or a unique soup, I will order it, even if it is hot outside. At Olive Garden, This is an excellent guide to having your own soup club with friends and/or family. With just a minimum of four people participating and a rotation of once a month of you cooking a big ol’ pot of soup to fill quart jars to share with three other people (and feed yourself), you can be part of a soup club! I love soup. I’m in love with soup. At restaurants, I check out the soup part of the menu and if it’s a popular soup or a unique soup, I will order it, even if it is hot outside. At Olive Garden, I eat there just for the soup. I also love to entertain. I’ve been tossing around the idea of putting together a ‘Soup Night Dinner Party Theme’. This book will be a great resource to include. This is guide not only has soup recipes, sides, condiments and such but also the logistics, essential tools and the stories to caution and inspire to make your own soup club. I love the illustrations in this book, as it shows the processes by which you need to orchestrate your own soup club, grocery run, prepping, cooking, and the dropping off of said soup to the other three houses. You’ll be making a lot of soup. But usually think of one quart per adult or eight quarts for a small dinner party. There are lots of side notes and bits of wisdom and advice throughout the book, so make sure you read it. One place of note is the section on what music to cook to. Do you listen to music while you cook? I do. I love music and cooking together. It makes for a happy plate. So to add a differential layer to your soup, toppings are always welcomed. And this is beyond the “you want cheese on top?” kind of topping. We’re talking chili oil, creme’ fraiche and pesto’s alike. In the soup section you will have six types of soups; beans, purees, hearty, chilled, fish and meat. Spiced pumpkin soup, watermelon gazpacho, and Italian Wedding soup all caught my eye. Don’t just stop at soup! Salads, main dishes and the like are always welcome alongside the soup. And you will get some of those recipes in the book as well. Breads, rices, noodles, vegetables are all great compliments to your soup bowl. You can deliver those alongside your soups if you wish, or make them yourself when your soup is delivered. At the very back of the book is a section on “cooks snacks”. Yes, even while cooking, you need a snack. It makes us cooks hungry. You smell all the ingredients, you’re tasting as you go, the salt, do you need more, do you need a dash of this or that. It’s exhausting and your palate needs some refreshments. This is not only a cookbook but a complete guide to having your own soup club. They weren’t lying either. Oh, and those awesome little jars on the cover? I found them on amazon. You can get six of them around $30 Weck 745 Tulip Jar – 1 Liter, Set of 6. Related Posts Review: Custom Confections Cookbook & PB&J Cheesecake BrowniesReview: Custom Confections Cookbook & PB&J Cheesecake Brownies Review: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook and Radish Soup RecipeReview: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook and Radish Soup Recipe Review: The Vegan Cookbook and Spiced Apple Tea Cake RecipeReview: The Vegan Cookbook and Spiced Apple Tea Cake Recipe Review: Bread Revolution CookbookReview: Bread Revolution Cookbook Review: It’s All Greek To MeReview: It’s All Greek To Me Review: Teeny’s Tour of Pie with Lemony Blueberry Crumb PieReview: Teeny’s Tour of Pie with Lemony Blueberry Crumb Pie Review: The TastemakersReview: The Tastemakers Edit Related Posts Share this: Email Print Facebook3 Google Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Like this: cookbook review January 13 2015 review sides soup soup club soups toppings tulip jar Did you like this article? Share it with your friends! Leave a Reply Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 76 other subscribers Email Address Translate This Categories

  16. 5 out of 5

    MrsK Books

    Everything to get started is carefully outlined. These women have come up with such a unique option for everyone whose schedule is "unbelievably" busy. Who wouldn't want three nights off with a great meal for their family? I appreciated their "voices" as they told you about their choices. It was refreshing to be "included" in their thoughts as they outline the making of their soups throughout the seasons. "What we do is simple. We take turns cooking big posts of soup, enough to feed our four famili Everything to get started is carefully outlined. These women have come up with such a unique option for everyone whose schedule is "unbelievably" busy. Who wouldn't want three nights off with a great meal for their family? I appreciated their "voices" as they told you about their choices. It was refreshing to be "included" in their thoughts as they outline the making of their soups throughout the seasons. "What we do is simple. We take turns cooking big posts of soup, enough to feed our four families. We drop off the soup, along with sides and garnishes, at the homes of our three other club members. This happens once a week, which means we cook our big pot of soup once a month." With few rules, it seems that a commitment to cooking at home on a schedule leads to the joy of sharing with others. Of course we are all cooking on a schedule... we are all committed to providing "yummy" meals for our families. What we rarely do is share those meals beyond our tables. I adore this idea. I will be sharing this idea with my daughters and a few neighbors with the hope that I can experience, at least for one month, the joy of discovering "what's for dinner" in someone's kitchen. Even if I can't get three others willing to try a soup month with me, I like the idea that I could share eight quarts of my favorite soup with my book club at least once a year. Just a few hi-lights to "tantalize" your taste buds: Discover the ease of creating your own soup broths (pgs. 30-31) Try the Roasted Boccoli soup, there is an undiscovered sweetness in the flavoring (pg. 80) What about a Potato Cheddar soup, yummy comfort on a chilly day (pg. 81) No one will turn down the Sun-Dried Tomato soup, maybe it's the grilled cheese croutons that inspired this "yum" (pg.98) Chilled soups for the hotter months (pgs.119-120) Don't forget the Jewish Chicken Noodle soup, complete with Matzo ball goodness (pg. 135) Perfected Italian Wedding soup to warm everyone's heart (pg. 147) Beyond the soups... think salads with endless possibilities (pgs. 152-162) Choosing and using the freshest of vegetables in the soups or as a side (pgs. 165-177) Consideration of which bread, grain, or pasta for the meals touch of perfection (pgs. 179-199) Big food favorites are dishes meant for get-together meals (pgs.201-217) The organization for each recipe is brilliant, easy to follow, with added inspirations or "trial & error" perspectives. No detail is left out of their first year of discoveries (some are even humorous). Each recipe has notations for delivery, for serving, and for what they have done to make it a better soup and/or experience. You will also discover how to add different types of toppings (pgs. 43-51), how to stock your pantry (pgs. 21-25), expert Firefighter tips about cooking in quantity (pg. 143), and of course... never forget the cook's snacks (pgs. 225-235). Don't forget the best part of preparing the soup... might just be the choice of the music, MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/

  17. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    As a super frugal med student, I like to save money wherever possible, so one way I accomplish this is...rounding up friends to cook with and/or have potlucks with. We get a variety of awesome types of food with a massively decreased prep time; coupled with awesome company and a break from med school life, what more could you possibly ask for? You can probably tell why this book was right up my alley. Not only does it have a bunch of delicious + tasty-lookin’ recipes, it also goes through how you As a super frugal med student, I like to save money wherever possible, so one way I accomplish this is...rounding up friends to cook with and/or have potlucks with. We get a variety of awesome types of food with a massively decreased prep time; coupled with awesome company and a break from med school life, what more could you possibly ask for? You can probably tell why this book was right up my alley. Not only does it have a bunch of delicious + tasty-lookin’ recipes, it also goes through how you can go about setting up your own “soup club!” I love and adore soup, especially since it’s been so cold out lately. This is the perfect comfort food to curl up with! :] The “Soup Club” is a soup-er (sorry, couldn’t resist) cute and simple concept; theirs consisted of 4 ladies, so once a month, each one would be responsible for making 1 quart of soup per adult, and would deliver it to the other members of the club. This ensures that you get 3 awesome soups from your fellow club members. It also delves into the details, e.g. essential pantry/kitchen ingredients, taking into account dietary restrictions/preferences, using dried vs. canned beans, tools for cooking and delivery, etc. Despite the title, this book shares way more than just soups, and covers a whole mess of cultures, which makes me really happy, because I’ve been meaning to delve into branching out into different cuisines! There are fun little sections with anecdotes (including a page on “Music to Cook to” page) too! This isn’t the most food-photography-heavy book, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this might not be for you. Also, a lot of the recipes call for a list of ingredients (lots of which can normally be found in a regular pantry/kitchen), but on my really lazy (or busy) days, I would’ve really loved a “quick-tasty-easy-healthy” section! Otherwise, I think there’s definitely something for everyone! :D The “Cook’s Snacks” section was a really nice touch; I love to snack on things while I’m cooking, especially if I can taste-test whatever it is that I’m making! Please note that these recipes were made with bulk-cooking in mind (which works really well with my meal-prep weekends). Scale down accordingly if you need to! Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miss Pippi the Librarian

    Two years ago, Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup by Maggie Stuckey was published (Storey Publishing, LLC - 2013). I fell in love with that soup community builder. I shared it the friends with the intention of we should do that someday. When I saw The Soup Club Cookbook by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock (Clarkson Potter, 2015), I knew I wanted to read it! It had to be similar to Soup Night with a new twist. And it is! Both books are ab Two years ago, Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup by Maggie Stuckey was published (Storey Publishing, LLC - 2013). I fell in love with that soup community builder. I shared it the friends with the intention of we should do that someday. When I saw The Soup Club Cookbook by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock (Clarkson Potter, 2015), I knew I wanted to read it! It had to be similar to Soup Night with a new twist. And it is! Both books are about creating a community around soup (and other amazing dishes, sides, and drinks). While Soup Night revolves around one night of soup with bring-your-own-bowl fun, Soup Club is about continued fun throughout the year, or years. Soup Club came from a small idea to share soup with friends. And quickly, a rotation was created between four friends and their families. The authors share the ins-and-outs of creating the soup club, then they share their soup (and other) recipes. Each recipe features a personal note which gives a little history of how the soup was brought to the group. Along the way, there are tips and treats to pair with the dishes. It's definitely a book that will make your mouth water. Not all the recipes will suit your tastes, but the authors encourage cooks to adjust the recipes as they see fit. The recipes are made in large batches, because this book was intended to share soup with a group. It can be shared in batches to each club member or by make a large pot and hosting a soup night! I cannot wait to share this book and the soup club idea with friends. I'm so happy that Courtney, Tina, Caroline, and Julie were discovered and created this cookbook together. Thank you, ladies! Thank you, Blogging for Books for this review copy! I heartily enjoyed this delicious book. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Readers, I'm a sometime participant in a local food swap and I am ALWAYS trying to figure out what to bring. So when I saw The Soup Club Cookbook on shelves and then on Blogging for Books, I had to give it a try. The concept behind this book is really brilliant, especially if you have foodie friends who are up for the challenge. The authors suggest putting together a soup club - friends swapping soups on a regular basis - and the book is the perfect guide. The recipes make about 8 quarts each an Readers, I'm a sometime participant in a local food swap and I am ALWAYS trying to figure out what to bring. So when I saw The Soup Club Cookbook on shelves and then on Blogging for Books, I had to give it a try. The concept behind this book is really brilliant, especially if you have foodie friends who are up for the challenge. The authors suggest putting together a soup club - friends swapping soups on a regular basis - and the book is the perfect guide. The recipes make about 8 quarts each and the authors include extras to bring along with your swapped soups - Enhanced Crème Fraîche recipes, Cheese Crisps, Pestos... The soups themselves range from purees to meatless options, cold soups, and heartier fare. There's also a section of bread recipes (cause what goes better with soup than fresh baked bread?!), and other accompaniments. My very first recipe with this one was the Borscht. I made it while hubs was out of town as a treat for myself, paring down the recipe to just 2 quarts that I ended up sharing with a friend. It was a hit! A few others I've tried since include the Sun-Dried Tomato Soup (a perfect sort of pantry staple soup option) and with spring sometimes peeking out and asparagus in season, the Roasted Asparagus Soup. Everything I've tried has so far been incredibly tasty - the recipes are easy to follow, the instructions very straightforward and the ingredients all readily available in my area. Even better, none of the recipes are overly complicated for the everyday home cook. As a fun bonus, all of the recipes include comments from the authors ranging from a personal story to tips and substitution ideas. All in all, The Soup Club Cookbook is one I find particularly handy in my kitchen whether I'm sharing, swapping, or enjoying a simple family meal.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    What a lovely idea--"The Soup Club"--made even more appreciable by the theme "Feed Your Friends. Feed Your Family. Feed Yourself.". Authors Courtney Allison, Tana Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock have taken a philosophy dear to my own heart--I believe in "The Kitchen Table"--and given it a modern, mobile twist. One day a week, each of the club members will prepare and distribute an edible blessing, and then they will be repaid in turn. The ideal of nurturing your family in body and soul, What a lovely idea--"The Soup Club"--made even more appreciable by the theme "Feed Your Friends. Feed Your Family. Feed Yourself.". Authors Courtney Allison, Tana Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock have taken a philosophy dear to my own heart--I believe in "The Kitchen Table"--and given it a modern, mobile twist. One day a week, each of the club members will prepare and distribute an edible blessing, and then they will be repaid in turn. The ideal of nurturing your family in body and soul, providing healthy, home-cooked food, and giving them the blessing of personal time spent together is often in great conflict with the pressures found in our contemporary society. Why not share your heartfelt goals with like-minded family and friends? "The Soup Club Cookbook" is filled with fabulous food, beautifully photographed in vivid color, and it offers ideas on how you can start your own "Soup Club". The recipes include sensational soups and sides, delectable desserts, super salads, bodacious breads, and a marvelous mix of old favorites with a new attitude. Foods are healthy, happy, and homemade--"soul-satisfyingly good". Hard-to-resist recipes include: "Potato Cheddar Soup"; "Borscht"; "Sun-Dried Tomato Soup"; "Winter Minestrone"; "Chicken Tortilla Soup"; "Cheese Crisps"; "Red Cabbage Salad"; "Quick Pickles"; "Maple Butter Carrots"; "Cheddar Cornbread"; "Jeweled Rice"; "Spinach and Onion Quiche"; "Garlic Herbed Cheese"; and "Cinnamon-Sugar Walnuts". This is one club where "lifetime membership" takes on a whole new meaning, and you will enjoy paying your dues. Review Copy Gratis Clarkson Potter Publishers via Blogging for Books

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brooke (i blog 4 books)

    This review originally posted on i blog 4 books: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2015/... I love soup, and the idea of sharing soup with other families through a soup club sounds like a genius idea! The first section of the book does a great job explaining how these four families do soup club and offers suggestions for how you can do something similar with your own people. There are tons of recipes in this book—everything from broths and dressings to soups (duh!), a few other main dishes, sides, This review originally posted on i blog 4 books: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2015/... I love soup, and the idea of sharing soup with other families through a soup club sounds like a genius idea! The first section of the book does a great job explaining how these four families do soup club and offers suggestions for how you can do something similar with your own people. There are tons of recipes in this book—everything from broths and dressings to soups (duh!), a few other main dishes, sides, and snacks. Each recipe is accompanied by a few details or a story behind why it's a favorite for the club. There are also tons of helpful tips about prepping, cooking, packaging, and delivering mixed in throughout. Very practical and helpful cookbook. The main drawback I see is that the majority of these recipes involve a lot of steps and a lot of ingredients. I'm sure you could eliminate some of this based on whether you buy fresh or pre-packaged ingredients, but if you're hoping to simply follow a recipe as is, be prepared to spend several hours cooking. I look forward to trying these recipes. There are several that I know now we will love. There are many others that will be more adventurous "tries" for us, but I look forward to trying these new soups and hopefully finding a few to add into our permanent rotation. Now to just find a few more families to form a soup club with! [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an interesting cookbook. It's about soup. It's about friendship, about sharing and being there for each other. I'm a big lover of soups and have soup no matter what sort of weather. Yes, even in 90+ degrees in summer we still enjoy soup for lunch many days. There are many recipes in this book and not all of them are soups or stews. There are also side dishes and breads. The very cool thing about the recipes are the stories that accompany them. The back stories of these women and their fam This is an interesting cookbook. It's about soup. It's about friendship, about sharing and being there for each other. I'm a big lover of soups and have soup no matter what sort of weather. Yes, even in 90+ degrees in summer we still enjoy soup for lunch many days. There are many recipes in this book and not all of them are soups or stews. There are also side dishes and breads. The very cool thing about the recipes are the stories that accompany them. The back stories of these women and their families make it extra special. It started with four friends, women who didn't know each other before they moved to New York City. They became friends & eventually decided to start a soup club. Each one makes a homemade soup and delivers it to the other three families once a month. The other three weeks are spread out among the three friends so, you're only cooking soup for a multitude once a month. The only con I can see about this book is the quantity and number of servings for each recipe. Since these ladies are making soup for four families you have recipes that will make more than you need. I guess. Maybe you have a very large family. For us it's just two people and I am a big fan of leftovers to spread the meals out but....I don't need 8 quarts of soup! With so many intriguing recipes I am selecting a favorite of mine - lentil soup. The quantities of ingredients have been cut back tremendously and I am a "little bit of this, little bit of that" type measurer so....I will just include the recipe in it's original format.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Edythe Hamilton

    Cooking a big pot soup is one of the favorite things I enjoy doing and eating it is the next favorite on my to-do list and The Soup Club Cookbook is a great addition to the cookbook shelf in my kitchen. This cookbook contains guidance to form a soup club with friends and what it takes for an essential pantry with the basic ingredients for soup. The information makes me want to start a soup club with family and friends. The Soup Club Cookbook is divided into three parts: Part One – How to Be a Sou Cooking a big pot soup is one of the favorite things I enjoy doing and eating it is the next favorite on my to-do list and The Soup Club Cookbook is a great addition to the cookbook shelf in my kitchen. This cookbook contains guidance to form a soup club with friends and what it takes for an essential pantry with the basic ingredients for soup. The information makes me want to start a soup club with family and friends. The Soup Club Cookbook is divided into three parts: Part One – How to Be a Soup Club discusses starting your Soup Club, Broths, Soups of Assembly, and Toppings. Part Two entitled All the Soups with subchapters Beans, Purees, Hearty, Chilled, Fish, and Meat. Part Three – Foods for Forks & Fingers has Salads & Dressings, Vegetables, Bread, Grains & Pastas, Big Food, and Cook’s Snacks including an Index for easy look-up. Being a soup fiend, I will experiment with the following recipes: Avocado-Arugula Soup, Roasted Winter Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, Jeweled Rice, Baba Ghanoush (I love and know how to prepare Hummus), Garlic Herbed Cheese, and Potato Tortilla (I no longer purchase tortillas but make mine from scratch). The Soup Club Cookbook is definitely a fantastic addition to any home chef’s collection and is highly recommend. The recipes are easy to read with simple instructions to follow. I received this book free from Clarkson Potter Publishers through Blogging for Books book review program in exchange for an honest review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I love soup. Every Monday from Sept thru May we have soup and salad and home-made bread (and now with these cold soup recipes, I'll be able to extend that thru summer). This is the kind of cookbook that you can read cover to cover. I've already made 2 of the recipes (Cuban Bean and Sengalese Peanut) and THEY WERE SO GOOD. I don't think of myself as a very good cook but I was when I followed these recipes. I'm always amazed at myself when I make something so tastey. Even after making them I had t I love soup. Every Monday from Sept thru May we have soup and salad and home-made bread (and now with these cold soup recipes, I'll be able to extend that thru summer). This is the kind of cookbook that you can read cover to cover. I've already made 2 of the recipes (Cuban Bean and Sengalese Peanut) and THEY WERE SO GOOD. I don't think of myself as a very good cook but I was when I followed these recipes. I'm always amazed at myself when I make something so tastey. Even after making them I had to go back and check that I didn't put in any butter or something - how did they taste so good? Lots of vegetarian soups here, which is great for our family b/c we only eat meat a couple of times a week. So many recipes that I would try; honestly I think that 80% of the book are recipes that I would like and could make (though maybe 10% of the recipes called for ingredients that I am not familiar with - do they have those things are the Mansfield Shop Rite?). Loved the pictures too. And all the commentaries throughout. Awesome, awesome job ladies. I think you made this for me! Now I just have to find a few buddies to do the "club" part of the book. (How the heck do I add a picture here? My Cuban Bean soup looks awesome!)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    There were so many delicious sounding things: mushroom soup with cashew cream, summer squash soup with salsa flavors, cauliflower korma, maple butter carrots, green beans with mustard and almonds, etc. But there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary cream (there was 1/2 cup half and half for the green beans - what?) and the titles sounded better than the recipes seemed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This had some great recipes in it, but there were some that just sounded gross to me so I didn't bother with them. Either they looked gross or just sounded awful because of the name, I just didn't go near them. Overall, it has beautiful pictures and great directions. Super easy to follow and a must for every person who loves soup.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Four friends form a soup club. One Wednesday a month one member makes 8 quarts of soup - 2 quarts for each member and their families. Recipes of some of their soups make up the book - very good and hearty! You will enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    "I have faith in this soup. I like it. I think it is going to be good. I can do this. I can be a good spouse, feed and clothe and instill good values in my kids, have a fulfilling professional career, and have hobbies. I am awesome. I add the beans."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Recipes were way too large. Several members noted that the recipes were also not provided by professional cooks, but women who were self-taught AND cooking for four families at a time... Not the highest quality, but some interesting ideas.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This seems like a good book if you want to create a Soup Club with friends. Given the large quantities of the recipes, though, it would be too much food unless you froze it. Includes neat ideas like a music list to cook by, and alternate recipes than soup.

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