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Soup: A Way of Life Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579651259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579651251
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.4 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,973,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 offerings—such as Veal Soup with Fennel and Vichyssoise of Red Pepper—that 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 hurry—many in under 15 minutes—and 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 cook’s 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:

  • icy soups for steamy days (ceviche soup with ginger) and hot soups for cold days (winter duck soup)

  • rustic potages (great green soup) and elegant consommes (beef madrilene)

  • simple soups to start (Moroccan tomato) and complex soups that make a meal (beef short ribs in a pot)

  • fifteen-minute specials (mussels and tomato soup) and those that simmer all day (pot-au-feu)

  • a magical garlic broth, among other vegetable broths and bases, gives vegetarians hundreds of recipes to enjoy

    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.

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    Format: Hardcover
    Luckily, I picked up Soup A Way of Life while fall's ripe tomatoes were still abound. The resulting Tomato and Bread Soup was meant to feed six, but the two of us kept refilling our bowls, leaving none. It was heavenly. A garlic lover, I moved on to Garlic Soup with Poached Eggs, then tried the same with Broccoli di Rappe which, with the addition of pasta, along with a green salad and some crsip apples became a memorable meal. Ernie's favorite, Winter Duck Soup, was a hit one weekend and a trip to China Town produced asumptuous Stewed eels. As winter approaches, chilly evenings beg for a substantial Borscht or any of the bean soups which I can't wait to try in all their variations. I expect we will be eating well for some time to come. But not only the recipes are attractive. The prose is a pleasure to read. The warmth with which Mrs. Kafka introduces the people close to her is a joy to share. This book celebrates family and the love of food. Bravo.
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    Barbara Kafka continues her series of extraordinary cookbooks. Here, as in her previous books, there are WONDERFUL recipes and, to spice up the book, there is fascinating, intelligent, interesting commentary about cooking techniques, personal interests, family history and variations of a theme, such as borscht. A terrific book for all who love to eat and love to cook...
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    This book is the greatest cookbook that I have ever read. It offers more soups than I could've ever imagined existed. I will definately get my money's worth from this book ten fold! I would recomment this book to students, single parents, as well as large families.
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