Soup: A Way of Life Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998
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From the Publisher
Soup is Family. Soup is Love. Soup is Comfort. Soup is Easy.
With winter upon us, who better than Barbara Kafka to offer a book of soul-satisfying soups. She writes in the Prologue of her most personal cookbook to date, Soup, A Way of Life (Artisan, October 25, 1998, $35.00/hardcover), "When I am tired and want comfort, or when I want to share happiness or just when I want something full of flavor, my desire is soup."
In Soup, A Way of Life, Barbara shares the recipes for the soups that have fulfilled those desires over the years and are sure to satisfy her loyal fans who have been cooking with her from her award-winning books: Roasting: A Simple Art, Microwave Gourmet, Party Food, and Food for Friends.
She offers soups from her family and childhood; soups from her favorite friends and cooks. And, of course, highly original and incredibly flavorful offeringssuch as Veal Soup with Fennel and Vichyssoise of Red Pepperthat her readers have come to expect from this vibrant voice in American food. She has also made more than half of the book suitable for vegetarians with the easy substitution of her magical Garlic Broth. She has created soups that can made in a hurrymany in under 15 minutesand soups that can simmer all day; soups to make your kids eat their vegetables and soups that will dazzle adults when you entertain.
In short, Barbara has done what Barbara does best, create recipes and strategies for cooking and entertaining that will become part of every cooks life.
From the Inside Flap
"Dora, my maternal grandmother," writes Barbara Kafka in her new book, "started the soup tradition that means most to me, which is odd as she was, by all accounts, a bad cook....I hope I am a better cook, and my life has certainly been easier, but I learned from her that a pot of soup is warmth and welcome for family and friends alike."
In this stunningly rich and wide-ranging book, Barbara Kafka gives the food we love perhaps best in the world a new vitality. Though the subject is so familiar to us all, her approach is totally original, just as it was in her award-winning "Roasting: A Simple Art" and "Microwave Gourmet." In a wonderfully diverse collection of nearly three hundred recipes from all over the world--some traditional, some newly minted, many so simple they require no cooking at all, each of them very much a part of our spiritual and emotional lives--she offers up a lifetime worth of pleasure:
As always, Barbara's intelligence and talent for innovation have resulted in a vast body of ideas to make your life in the kitchen easy and interesting. Nearly thirty stocks are offered, as well as dozens of ways to use seasonal produce to cook and freeze soup bases for year-round fresh taste. You'll find cooking times for everything from dumplings and piroshki to noodles and pasta, simmering times for every possible cut of meat, and yields and blanching times for dozens of vegetables. There are easy-to-follow charts to answer every cooking question.
And then there's Barbara's "memory pieces." Woven through the recipes, they form a book within a book, one family's personal and culinary history. They're fascinating and warming and enriching on their own. They also remind us why soup is a vital part of our lives. And why Barbara Kafka is a vital part of our cooking experience.See all Product Description
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After the near disaster of 'Roasting', Ms Kafka's book of soups is definitive, delicious and on the whole simple to cook with. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 1999