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200 fancy but fun soups
on 15 January 2012
This is another small cookbook in Hamlyn's '200' recipe series that this time focuses on soups. The book is divided into 6 chapters and an introduction. These chapter are speedy soups, chilled soups, winter warmers, something special, healthy soups and around the world. The introduction contains some useful information including everything from identifying types of soup and how to make broth through to storage and reheating tips.
Each recipe comes with a full page colour photo which is a huge plus point in favour of this book as it really helps to whet your appetite and decide what you want to cook. The recipes also provide details on how many it serves, a preparation time and cooking time. The ingredients are clearly listed (in both grams and ounces, millilitres and pints) and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. There are even some extras at the bottom of the recipes including how to change up the soup or even how to make accompaniments such as parmesan twists or spiced croutons.
For me, there are only really a handful of the soups that I liked the look of and have or would try to make. The rest are a little too fancy or time consuming for my tastes as I prefer my soups to be simple and quick. That's not to say that the book is bad - it's not. It's just perhaps for someone who wants to expand on their usual or well-used soup recipes and move onto something fit for a dinner party or a little more exotic than the norm. 3 stars.