Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Kate McMillan & Erin Kunkel

April 10, 2013 3.0 Stars, Book Review, Cookbooks, Edu-How To, Food, Hardback, Misc, NetGalley, Non- Fiction 0 ★★★

Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Kate McMillan & Erin Kunkel three-stars
Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Erin Kunkel, Kate McMillan
Published by Weldon Owen on January 31, 2012
Genres: Cookbook, Nonfiction
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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This tantalizing collection of 365 recipes offers a soup for each day of the year. From January to December, you'll find daily inspiration and a seasonal soup that will satisfy any craving or fit any occasion.

From refreshing gazpachos in summer to slow-simmered stews in winter, light broths with noodles and greens in spring to warming root vegetable purées come fall, a delicious option awaits. With this book as your guide, find the perfect soup to match each season's ingredients, weather, and sensibility.

Endlessly versatile, soup is perfect for any season and every occasion. What better way to capture the essence of spring than by simmering freshly shelled peas and fava beans in a fragrant broth accented by bracing mint and refreshing lemon zest? In summer, a cool gazpacho made by whirling perfectly ripe tomatoes, juicy cucumbers, and vibrant red peppers is fitting for a hot and humid day—no pot necessary! When the air turns brisk, soup nourishes and satisfies like no other dish. In autumn, white beans mingle with sturdy greens in satisfying, peasant-style pots, and starchy squashes and root vegetables blend into silky purées. Winter brings even more soul-warming fare, such as chilis and stews featuring sausages and other hearty meats and thick vegetable soups scented with woodsy herbs.

I have to admit to a weakness for soups.

A major weakness.

A weakness so strong that I started eating pork again (after a 10+ year hiatus) so I could get a tomato based crab soup mixed with a cream based crab soup.

Yeah. It’s like that.

This book drew me like a moth to a flame, lol!

There is only a HB version available for purchase…but I’m currently reading the ebook for review purposes. My God! These color photos makes me want to drool…and buy the hardback.

Also, I’d like to point out that it is currently Winter. I’m so not feeling the spring/summer soups right now.

I’ve completed several soups from this book. The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow. The color photos are beautiful (and mouthwatering). The soups that I have made have been tasty and filling.

The problem that I had with this book is that – like Williams Sonoma, itself – it is not everyday accessible. A lot of the spices used are expensive and hard to locate. These are not soups that you can throw together using what’s in your (well stocked) pantry. Most of these soups will require a bit of prior planning. A lot of the soups are exotic to the “regular” palate, as well. I can’t see making a lot of these soups for children or a family weeknight dinner. A lot of these soups are more like “special occasion” soups – like using one of the (four) pumpkin soup recipes for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

While this book does have 365 different soup recipes…quite a few of them are the same soups/stews with just a few ingredients changed. Want to make a beef stew? There are at least 7 to choose from. Normally I like this type of variety (especially for ingredients) but in this case the title of the book makes the reader expect 365 completely different soups instead of several versions of the same soups.

I do have a one or two more stews I want to try…but as this is a NetGalley borrow…I’ll stop for reviewing purposes.

Note: My husband is allergic to all shellfish so I won’t be making any seafood soups. Sadly, I love Cioppino and there’s a recipe for it here. *sigh*

Please note: This book was provided free via Netgalley for an honest review.Official Soup of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year Website

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