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178. French Pea Soup – Potage-Saint-Germain p.96

178. French Pea Soup - Potage-Saint-Germain p.96

The recipe
I was really excited to try this soup. I went looking for a pea soup recipe in The Book, expecting to find a hearty split pea version with ham hocks, instead I got this spring vegetable centric Potage-Saint-Germain. It wasn’t really what I was looking for that night, and the idea of mint in [...]

6 July 2008 | Soups, The Book | 5 Comments
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162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

I can’t find a recipe for this soup online.
Typically onion soup is a socially acceptable excuse for sitting down to half a pound of melted cheese. Trying to maneuver those long strands of gooey cheese into ones mouth without getting it all over your front is a social bonding experience best shared with close friends. [...]

14 May 2008 | Soups, The Book | 5 Comments
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136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

The recipe
This soup suffers from a serious branding issue. If it had been billed as barely soupy barley stew, with extra barley, some carrots, and hardly any mushrooms at all, I would have known what I was getting into. The blurb for the recipe talks about all the contrasting mushroom flavours and blah blah blah, [...]

7 January 2008 | Soups, The Book | 1 Comment
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126. Mexican Corn Soup p.87

126. Mexican Corn Soup p.87

There’s no online recipe for this one.
I just don’t know about summertime soups. The Book has dozens of cold soups based on fresh sweet fruit and vegetables. I can’t say that they appeal to me very much. In part it’s the dissonance of cold soup that bugs me, but I’m not even a huge fan [...]

1 December 2007 | Soups, The Book | 7 Comments
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112. Portugese Kale Soup with Chorizo (Caldo Verde) p.109

112. Portugese Kale Soup with Chorizo (Caldo Verde) p.109

The recipe on epicurious calls this Tuscan kale soup. Tuscany and Portugal aren’t next door to one another, and their food traditions aren’t all that similar, but I’m willing to forgive The Book. In exchange I’ll ask you to forgive me for not using kale at all. Normally my grocery store is overflowing with kale [...]

28 October 2007 | Soups, The Book | 6 Comments
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87. Tortilla Soup with Crisp Tortillas and Avocado Relish p.95

87. Tortilla Soup with Crisp Tortillas and Avocado Relish p.95

The recipe
This soup was a revelation for me. A few days ago I mentioned that I was falling for dried chiles this year. This dish was phase one of the seduction. In this recipe a pretty standard soup base (stock water, onion, tomato, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper) is transfigured into one of the more [...]

2 September 2007 | Soups, The Book | 7 Comments
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28. Rustic Garlic Soup p.94

28. Rustic Garlic Soup p.94

Sorry, no recipe this time.
This is an Italian soup called aquacotta or “cooked water”, because it comes together from nothing special. It starts with a garlic broth (water, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and salt) which is forced through a sieve, and slowly added to a mixture of egg yolks, parmigiano-reggiano, and olive oil. Add pepper, [...]

12 April 2007 | Soups, The Book | Comments Off
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