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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen, Incorporated (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616281677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281670
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I'm a soup fanatic. So, you almost have to stop me from shaking as I turn the pages. 365 soup recipes! Really? Yes, really. It's printed on a nice premium white gloss stock. It has great page feel. Vibrant color images by Erin Kunkel add to the allure of the recipes. It's all soup, so you need to keep it entertaining. The way in which the cookbook is divided into days and months does that. They have found a perfect way to keep a single subject cookbook interesting from start to finish."--The Cookbook Man (cookbookman.com)

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Kate McMillan is chef and owner of an eponymous catering company and an instructor at Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco. After nine years of working as an event planner and in advertising sales at "Vogue, Glamour," and "People" magazines, Kate decided to seriously pursue her passion for food by attending the California Culinary Academy and graduated from Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco where she honed her culinary skills. She began taking small catering jobs while in culinary school and has since grown her business to include everything from casual dinner parties for 8 to passed hors d'oeuvres soirees for 400. Kate lives in San Francisco with her five-year-old twins Emily and Grace, who already enjoy helping in the kitchen (especially when it involves cupcake batter). Erin Kunkel is an award-winning food and lifestyle photographer who works around the world, and calls the foggy outerlands of San Francisco home. When she's not behind the camera, she can be found gardening, cooking and dreaming of warm water surf spots.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really useful book of soup recipes which is arranged, literally, by day. The benefit of this approach means that the soups are organised according to season and what is fresh and freely available in each month. So for October we have warming carrot & ginger soup, or roasted cauliflower and parmesan, while for July we have chilled cucumber with yogurt, lemon & mint, or light summery broths. As well as starter-style soups, there are also heartier main-meal recipes of stews, chowders and gumbo.

Almost all the recipes have accompanying colour photos which are essential for me to picture them, and the index is helpfully arranged by ingredient so it's very easy find a recipe to whip up something from whatever's in the fridge. Everything is in American cups, imperial and metric measures so whatever you use is here.

So this is perfect for fast, easy and healthy cookery that combines traditional favourites with adventurous new combinations.
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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A nice bowl of soup need not be restricted for those cold evenings when you just want something quick and possibly filling to warm you up. A soup is neither just a means of using up old vegetables and ingredients into a form of warm gloop. It is a lot more, much more.

Here this book could be viewed as a work of religious art for soup lovers. A mass of 365 different recipes and not a variation on a theme (tomato soup, cream of tomato soup, tomato and vegetable soup, etc...). It might not be hype to describe it as a masterpiece or a critical reference work within its genre.

The book's own introduction sets the scene perfectly. "Hot, cold, smooth, chunky, creamy, broth - soups come in myriad forms... This book will encourage you to make soups on any day of the year... draw on seasonal ingredients--asparagus and peas in spring; corn, peppers, and tomatoes in summer; cruciferous vegetables and hearty greens during the fall; and root vegetables in winter."

Split into months and then presented as effectively a daily calendar, you get a great at-a-glance of soups that could be recommendable within the month. Of course, there is no law saying that you should only eat winter soups in winter and vice versa, but it is a nice navigation and presentation method that works well in this instance.

Each recipe is cleanly and simply laid out, a sidebar with a general overview before one gets a separate ingredients list at the top. The cooking instructions are methodical and not arduous to follow.

It would have been nice to have seen some typical preparation and cooking times broken out into a separate section so that it could be determined whether the recipe would "fit" a meal plan based on available time.
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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
Soup of the Day...yes, there is a soup for every day! 25 Mar. 2012
By M.Curl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Without question, this is my new favorite cookbook. But, I offer a warning to others...if you don't like variety and if making decisions is difficult for you then please go buy a can of Campbell's or a bag of Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup. There are 365 soups in here and a sense of adventure is REQUIRED. This book is for people who enjoy cooking and feel a sense of accomplishment when they build something wonderful from scratch. However, even if you aren't good at making decisions, just make the soup that has already been assigned to the day - problem solved!

What I really enjoy about the book is it has taken me out of my comfort zone. We have 4 children and as many large families already know, getting into a routine (e.g. Spaghetti every 3rd wednesday, fish sticks & mac 'n' cheese Fridays, etc.) is sometimes necessary to maintain your sanity. However, everyone needs a little spice in their life!

Since most of the recipes call for fresh ingredients, making these soups as a spur of the moment decision is probably not the best idea. Now, chances are you can find a soup in the book that fits whatever is already in the pantry/fridge. But, you may not find a soup that you're in the mood for and not having the right ingredients on hand will just lead to frustration. What I've been doing is picking one soup per week to make and placing it on the calendar. I plan my shopping trips accordingly and wait in anticipation the whole week!

I usually don't find reviews to be helpful when they state generalities like, "There aren't enough pictures" or "There aren't enough vegetarian options"...this is all a matter of opinion. Here are some details about the book that you might find helpful:

* I counted 85 pictures in there...most of which are full page pictures
* More than 70 soups are vegetarian as written; a good deal more can be made with meatless alternatives such as a vegetable broth vs. chicken stock or just withholding the meat ingredient altogether
* The soups are indexed both by ingredients and by type (e.g. Stews, Pastas, Chowders, Chilled, etc.)
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Get your soup ON 24 Mar. 2012
By William J. Shaheen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. My wife and I have tried about 15 of the recipes. One is more delicious than the previous. All are so easy to make, with readily available ingrediants. Clear instrutions that make the novice cook feel like they have produced a masterpiece. I bought a copy for each of my grown children, and now they are "texting me" about how they and their friends are enjoying the results. Really terrific book. I am not a foody, per se, but there is something special about what this author has put together. GREAT gift, too.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great soup book 15 Feb. 2013
By Autamme_dot_com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A nice bowl of soup need not be restricted for those cold evenings when you just want something quick and possibly filling to warm you up. A soup is neither just a means of using up old vegetables and ingredients into a form of warm gloop. It is a lot more, much more.

Here this book could be viewed as a work of religious art for soup lovers. A mass of 365 different recipes and not a variation on a theme (tomato soup, cream of tomato soup, tomato and vegetable soup, etc...). It might not be hype to describe it as a masterpiece or a critical reference work within its genre.

The book's own introduction sets the scene perfectly. "Hot, cold, smooth, chunky, creamy, broth - soups come in myriad forms... This book will encourage you to make soups on any day of the year... draw on seasonal ingredients--asparagus and peas in spring; corn, peppers, and tomatoes in summer; cruciferous vegetables and hearty greens during the fall; and root vegetables in winter."

Split into months and then presented as effectively a daily calendar, you get a great at-a-glance of soups that could be recommendable within the month. Of course, there is no law saying that you should only eat winter soups in winter and vice versa, but it is a nice navigation and presentation method that works well in this instance.

Each recipe is cleanly and simply laid out, a sidebar with a general overview before one gets a separate ingredients list at the top. The cooking instructions are methodical and not arduous to follow.

It would have been nice to have seen some typical preparation and cooking times broken out into a separate section so that it could be determined whether the recipe would "fit" a meal plan based on available time. Sadly this is an often overlooked feature in recipe books for some bizarre reason. Furthermore it is regrettable that there are not small pictures of every recipe as the quality of photography is excellent and, of those pictured recipes, you gain a lot of inspiration and heightened interest to try them. They do look a lot more attractive and more palatable than a bowl of instant soup with a few limp bits of garnish. A liquid artwork no less.

At the end of the book there is, however, a great feature that other "comprehensive" recipe books should copy. Here the soups are listed by ingredient, meaning that you could determine you have a surplus of or a particular hankering for, for example, black beans and then see four different recipes that utilise this ingredient and thus go straight to them for further consideration.

The soups are also listed by type in a separate index, so you can browse further according to taste or meal plan.

For such a humble course that is often overlooked and under-appreciated, this is a really good example of a comprehensive recipe book that not only impresses by its bulk, but through the thoughtfulness and consideration that has been given to the subject at hand. Even if you are not a particularly great soup fan, you should take a look at this book to possibly reconsider your opinion. You may have not had the right "upbringing" and experiences to date. Maybe this will change.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Many great soups! 10 Feb. 2013
By Thiomargarita - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've tried a number of recipes and almost all of them have been very good. Most of the recipes are at a good level of effort for me - relatively simple to put together, but interesting enough to be worth the effort. I'm particularly fond of the recipes that combine very simple ingredient lists into something that's surprisingly tasty at the end. A few favorites - the chilled avocado soup garnished with shrimp and salsa, and a sundried tomato soup garnished with crab. The one downside is that this type of recipe depends very heavily on ingredient quality, so they aren't exactly cheap to make. On the other hand, I've almost always found them worth it.

I also have to say that we haven't tried as many of the more "traditional" recipes, and most of the recipes are for relatively small batches. So this might not be the recipe book for someone interested in soups that fill their traditional role of cheap, easy meals for feeding a large number of people. However, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to push their boundaries a little bit and try some interesting new dishes.

When I first looked at the book, I thought the calendar-style layout was a bit gimmicky. After working with the book for a while, though, I have to say that I love it! It gives you a good starting point when you aren't sure what you want for dinner - flip to the current day, and then page around and you will find a number of very different in-season recipes, one of which is almost sure to fit the bill. All in all, this is one of my favorite cookbooks, and my go-to cookbook for days when I want to try something new that'll be tasty but not too much work.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
where's the flavor? 26 May 2012
By C. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for Christmas and was so excited to spend this year making many soups! The pictures are beautiful, the recipes sound delicious, and I love the variety.

But I have been disappointed by the actual results. Now, when I look carefully at the recipes, I can see the problem - there are so few spices and flavorful ingredients (lemon juice, herbs, anything!) in so many of the recipes! I have tried more than 5 recipes so far (it's hard to keep going when they're so disappointing) and every single one tastes like...

Chicken broth. Bland bland bland. I will keep trying recipes but be carefully looking to see what spices are put in each - if any! Otherwise, I only recommend this cookbook if you want a "jumping off point" for ideas, and are willing to creatively do a good job of figuring out appropriate spices to add to each soup.

So I give it 2 stars - great ideas, lots of variety, beautiful pictures, fun organizational system in the calendar format. Just not delicious.
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