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Cookbook Review - 300 Sensational Soups

Updated on October 18, 2008
Thai Hot and Sour Soup
Thai Hot and Sour Soup

There's not much more comforting on a chilly fall or winter day than a blow of homemade soup. If you're a fan of making and eating soup, you're going to love 300 Sensational Soups. Written by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds, this cookbook is packed with just about every type of soup recipe one can imagine.

This book is designed with home cooks and families in mind. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find that the vast majority of recipes in 300 Sensational Soups can be made with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry or fridge. Even if you're missing a few ingredients for a recipe that you want to try, you'll likely be able to find what you need at your favorite local supermarket. You won't find obscure, hard-to-find ingredients used in the recipes in this book.

You also don't have to be an expert chef to learn to use the recipes in this book, nor do you have to have been taught the basics of soup making from your mother or grandmother. The directions included with each recipe are clear and easy to follow, so even novice soup makers will be able to use the book to create delicious and healthful soup appetizers and meals for themselves and their families.

Cook Book Organization

The book is organized based on the type of soup, starting out with a section on soup stocks, and including chapters on chilled soups, vegetable soups, bean soups, cheese soups, selections for meat lovers, chicken and turkey soups, fish and shellfish soups, chowders, international soups, and even dessert soups. The final chapter focuses on garnishing and toppings.

Favorite Recipes

If you're looking for a new soup recipe to try for lunch, dinner, or a special occasion, you may find that one of my favorites from this book also works well for you. A few of the most appealing and tasty recipes in this book are:

  • Amish Chicken and Corn Soup
  • Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Lima Bean Chowder with Corn and Ham
  • Roasted Cauliflower, Cheddar, and Ham Soup
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Chowder
  • Thai Hot and Sour Soup
  • Wild Mushroom and Navy Bean Soup
  • Many additional taste tempting recipes

About the Authors

Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds have written several books together, including The Mixer Bible, The Big Book of Appetizers, and The Take-Out Menu Cookbook. Both authors have extensive backgrounds in the culinary field, including experience teaching people how to cook, writing about food, cooking, catering, planning culinary events, and more.


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