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The Delia Collection: Soup Hardcover – 2 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563487305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487302
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soup, part of Delia Smith's four-volume The Delia Collection is, in some ways, the most interesting volume in the series. The image of soup has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. This most unglamorous of foods has become a chic accoutrement of many a dinner party, and the possibilities of soup are now seen as many and varied.

As in other volumes in the series, Delia divides her recipes seasonally and the variety of soups available here is surprisingly wide. In spring, Delia presents such basics as Carrot and Coriander Soup (although her recipe may hold some surprises, even if you count this soup in your repertoire), alongside more ambitious recipes such as Shiitake Broth with Sesame Toast (this is a light soup that is not too calorie-heavy, made with Japanese miso stock and dried shiitake mushrooms). Summer sports some unusual and tempting recipes such as Chilled Almond Soup (called Ajo Blanco here) for which Delia dispenses with what might be seen as almost cursory instructions. But this is the secret of the four books in The Delia Collection: not a word is wasted, and adjectives are kept to an absolute minimum: after all, we know we can rely on Delia to pick only the most interesting recipes. For autumn, there's a piquant Wild Mushroom and Walnut Soup, perfect for the colder weather, while winter has such delights as Slow-cooked Root Vegetable Soup and The London Particular (which is, in fact, yellow split pea soup). Whether you buy individual volumes of The Delia Collection or all four books (much the best course of action!), your kitchen library will be enriched. --Barry Forshaw

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Delia Smith is a household name and as far as many people are concerned, she is THE goddess of the kitchen. With her foolproof recipes and clear instructions you are guaranteed 100per cent success and it is never a problem to make a dish for a dinner party for the first time, wondering if it will turn out alright or not. It always does. Moving on from her phenomenally successful previous titles, she has amalgamated her recipes into four new cookery books grouped by subject - chicken, chocolate, fish and soup. Lavishly illustrated, they are Delia's personal choice of what she views as the best and most popular recipes. And combining them into individual volumes ensures fast access to a particular recipe rather than ploughing through half a dozen in search of that elusive favourite. Chocoholics will revel in the chocolate fudge cake, four nut chocolate brownies, squidgy chocolate log and frozen chocolate bananas. Comfort eaters will find soups to die for with scallop cream soup, smoked haddock chowder with poached quails' eggs and watercress and buttermilk vichyssoise. For chicken fanciers there is chicken jambalaya, coq au vin and chicken cacciatore and for fish lovers there is chargrilled squid with chilli jam, salmon in champagne sauce and luxury smoked fish pie. These are sure to become bestsellers and it is to be hoped that the collection will grow to include other culinary collections and make it a definitive guide to cooking no cook should be without. - Lucy Watson

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Format: Hardcover
At 30 years old I thought I ought to start cooking some proper food instead of heating up ready meals!
So finding Delia's beautiful collection of books has been a godsend.
I started with the 'Soup' and 'Fish' ones and so far have been making a fresh soup every week.
The instructions are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find in your local supermarket. The lovely pictures help to show you what your creation is supposed to look like too!
Delia has given me the confidence to move onto more complex recipes and I am planning to do some baking this spring....!
Good luck. Hope you find the book as inspiring as I have.
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I own ALL of Delia Smith's books along with 223 other cookery books by various experts all over the world. What I like most about Delia is her "no nonsence" approach to food, although she can be a little "mumsy' at times. But then, that is part of her appeal.
This book and all the others in its series (Soup, Fish, Chicken) have been very difficult to review because they can be simply fabulous or down right rip-offs.
The recipes themselves are typical of Delia - straightforward and designed to work - and as such these books are indispensible for those who do not own any of her other books. On that basis alone I would have given this book (and its siblings) a 5-star rating.
BUT, for those wanting to buy this book, I would warn that there are no great culinary revelations here. These are recipes published by Delia in her previous collections - Summer, Winter, Christmas etc - just a rehash of old hits. If you buy this book and others in this series, you might just be tempted to ask for your money back- but not before giving a 1-star rating!
However, if like me, you have several bookshelves groaning under the weight of countless cookery books, Delia offers a wonderful filing system for her recipes. Personally, I find this to be a time saver when faced with organising dinner for 8 at short notice. No more flipping through pages looking for Delia's Chocolate Mouse or Delia's Mini Chocolate Muffins or Delia's Chocolate Truffles etc etc
For those thinking about buying this book, I suggest that you first ask yourself if you have so many Delia books that you now need more books of neatly organised Delia delights.
For an average person, this book and the others in the series get an average 3-star rating.
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By Mike VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If like me you only know how to roast a chicken and to chuck a chicken breast in with a jar of sauce then this is for you.
Some excellent and easy to make recipes that really surprised me in their simplicity and their taste.
I love Delia and this is one of a suite of new books that enforce her reputation as the queen of the kitchen.
Highly recommended!!!
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By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
A stylish book with 50 delicious recipes, some excellent and easy to make soups that really surprised me in their simplicity and their taste.
This is one of a suite of new books from Delia (Chicken, Soup, Chocolate and Fish) that enforce her reputation in the kitchen.
Recommended!!!
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I love this cooking book and have made loads of the recipes in it. I particularly love the spiced chicken one and the Thai green curry. As with all Delia Smith recipe books. I find the instructions clear but concise and not easy to follow. Its a great cookbook if you cook a lot of chicken.
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I sadly felt let down by this collection of soup recipes. Delia, who has always been a real teacher to cooking morons such as myself, simply doesn't give good basic soup recipes. I prefer "Ma Broon's" Collection by far.
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A great book beautifully presented with full page colour photographs for each recipe, although not all showed the actual dish. The 50 recipes are organised into the 4 seasons and so far I have only spotted a couple of repeates. As ever Delia fails to give any nutritional values with the recipes, no calorie count or fat content. Can't believe its only £6.99
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There are some incredibly stylish and delicious recipes in here. My only wish was that Delia could have packed in a few simpler recipes. But all-in-all, an excellent selection of soup recipes to choose from!
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