300 Sensational Soups

Carla Snyder & Meredith Deeds
Robert Rose Inc. (2008)
ISBN 9780778801962

Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (2/13)

“300 Sensational Soups” by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds is filled with a variety of mouth-watering recipes. It starts off teaching the reader about which type of stocks make the best bases for different types of soup. Directions are provided for cooking aficionados who prefer to prepare stock from scratch instead of buying it premade at a store. Then, there are chapters featuring hearty soups, cheesy soups, chowders, international soups, and dessert soups, among others. Finally, the preparation of garnishes and toppings for a variety of soups is discussed.

The recipes in this book seem to be relatively easy to prepare. Most of the ingredients can be bought at a regular grocery store. No special equipment is needed. However, the purchase of an immersion blender is recommended for safety reasons so it will not be necessary to transfer hot liquids to a food processor or regular blender. The recipes can be prepared fairly quickly. Many of them can be completed in approximately thirty minutes to one hour if the stock has already been made or bought.

Although I am a picky eater many of these recipes sound very appealing, especially the cream of broccoli soup with bacon bits. The pictures in the book are very nice but I would have liked to have seen a few more included. I would also have appreciated a short lesson on how to choose fresh vegetables from a store (i.e., how to tell when they are at peak flavor). I grow some vegetables in my home garden but this book has given me ideas for other foods I can harvest for homemade soup. For those readers who are watching what they eat for health reasons it would have been beneficial to have the calories, nutritional value and serving size listed with each recipe.

“300 Sensational Soups” by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds is a well-organized book for anyone who loves soups. Whether served chilled on a warm day or hot on a cold day, soup provides a sense of comfort for many people. Adults will need to do the bulk of the preparation and cooking, but it is never too early to get kids interested in making a delicious meal. 

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