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Saved by Soup
by Judith Barrett
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William Morrow, 1999 (1999)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A bowl of soup is never the wrong thing to serve. From a delicate consommé to a hearty chowder or a refreshingly cold fruit soup, it never disappoints. This 1999 cookbook includes 'more than 100 delicious low-fat soups to eat and enjoy every day.'

On a blustery spring day such as this one, I would love to have a steaming bowl of Creamy Carrot Soup placed before me. How does Artichoke and Sunchoke Chowder sound to you? Rings my bell. Or Racy Red Lentil Soup? That looks wonderful. Can't imagine how Lemony Chickpea and Escarole Soup would taste. Must try that one. Oh, heck, I know I'll slowly work my way through this terrific cookbook. Soup could be my middle name and a friend, and I have vowed never to eat canned soup again. There is just no comparison to homemade. I plan to start with the directions on how to make your own base – broths – and work my way forward to those fruit soups I mentioned. I mean, who could resist Creamy Fennel Soup with Shrimp? Home-Style Chicken and Vegetable Soup? Ginger and Sweet Potato Soup with Cilantro? Didn't have the Pappa Al Pomodoro when I was in Tuscany. Now, the recipe will allow me to rectify that omission.

I was first served a cold soup by my chef daughter when she was in training. It was wonderful and so cooling. When the summer veggies are in good supply, I plan to make Cool Cucumber and Yogurt Soup and, heaven of all cold soups to my mind, Gazpacho. I'm sure you get the idea that I'm pleased with Saved by Soup. I know you will be too.

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