I have been a fan of Katie at Kitchen Stewardship for several years now. I think I have all of her e-books. I love them because they are WHOLE foods with a traditional foods slant. I love that she focuses on quality but with budget in mind. I love that she is Roman Catholic and true to her faith, but never exclusive – anyone can relate to her. I have never been disappointed by her e-books.
What? There’s an e-book of hers I don’t have?! Well, not exactly. Winter Soups is a community cookbook with contributions from many bloggers. So, not AS exciting for me. But if Katie is a part of it, it should be worthwhile.
What makes a recipe book worthwhile to me? And a soup book? I am at the point in my life when I can pretty much just make a soup with no recipe to guide me. In fact, soup is my fallback and our frequent lunch, since I can make it out of leftovers or random ingredients. Pumpkin soup, carrot soup, cream of broccoli soup, beef and rice soup, potato soup, any bean soup….I might use a recipe to guide me or I might just come up with something on my own. I would be impressed by a soup book that gave me just two or three new soup ideas. And I would want them all to be made with fairly common whole foods. I don’t have very picky eaters, so I don’t need them to be especially kid-friendly, but that would be a bonus.
This book has a lot of standard soup recipes, so if you’re looking for some of those, it’s a great resource, using great, whole foods ingredients. You’ll get:
8 Cheese and Cream Soups
14 Pumpkin, Squash, and Root Vegetable Soups
6 Sweet, Sour, and Exotic Flavored Soups
4 Bean and Lentil Soups
7 Beef Based Soups
8 Poultry Based Soups
6 Pork Based Soups
1 Seafood Soup
I was very happy to get six recipes new and unique enough to actually try. I am actually kinda excited to make these, which means this book was worth it to me! Here are four of those:
Broccoli Spinach Quinoa Soup. This one looks different enough to stand out, but creamy and satisfying. A new combination for my family.
Asian Spiced Daikon Mushroom Soup. I LOVE daikon radish. And have never thought about putting it in a soup. This recipe had a fairly small number of ingredients, but they are unique enough to make something new without being difficult to find.
Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup with Bacon. I don’t use parsnips often enough. And even if the kids look at my sideways when I serve it, the bacon in it will appease them
Masala Carrot Soup. Fairly basic, simple carrot soup. Except for the garam masala, which I love. Genius!
I don’t know which one of these to try first!
The book is $9.97 and Katie offers a satisfaction guarantee: If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason, including that you can’t figure out how to get it onto your device or that dietary restrictions make too many recipes impossible for you, simply email for a full refund. You can see more detail about the book and order it at Kitchen Stewardship. You’ll be ready for hearty, comforting winter soups just as it cools down. Oh yeah, Katie gives you a bonus chicken stock cheat sheet when you buy, as well!
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