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.
Per Blogging for Books requirements: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.