This book by: Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, Julie Peacock is a cookbook filled with recipes for every type of soup you can think of and more! It includes brightly colored photos, easy to follow instructions, detailed recipes, tips, personal stories, etc. The premise of the book is that 4 friends (the authors) decided to start a soup club. Each week, one of the friends would make a large batch of soup (and sides) and deliver it to the other 3 friends. Each friend had an assigned week and day that they would be responsible for the shopping, cooking, and delivering. This allowed for each family to have a different types of soup every week during the month and they did not have to make it for 3 of those weeks!
I love soup so I jumped at the chance to review this cookbook! I really like the concept of a soup club, however, I can also imagine all the ways it could go wrong. Several years ago, I attempted something similar when I started a Once A Month Cooking Club. 4-5 friends made 4-5 different recipes in bulk and then we exchanged them with each other once a month. This fully stocked our freezers for several weeks at a time. It worked well for the first couple of months, then as more people added to the group, there were disagreements over portion sizes, complexity vs simplicity of meals, etc. SO, based on my personal experience, I would be reluctant to start another food exchange club. Unless, there was a limited amount of participants (4 is a good number), previously agreed upon portion sizes per family, and the issue of complexity of the meal all discussed ahead of time. Whether or not you are interested in a food exchange club, the recipes in this book sound (and look) absolutely delicious! I am very excited to use this cookbook and introduce new types of soup to my family (and maybe friends)! I would highly recommend this book if you want to try to make a variety of different soups!
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Clarkson Potter/Publishers provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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