Soup: A Way of Life Cookbook

With nearly 300 soup recipes, Soup A Way of Life is magical. From 15-minute specials to soups that simmer all day, Barbara Kafka showcases the joys of cooking soup. 

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Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 464 pages 

Copyright: 1998 

Publisher: Artisan New York 

Author: Barbara Kafka 

ISBN: 9781579651251

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Description: In the stunningly rich and wide-ranging Soup A Way of Life cookbook, 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's 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 (mussel 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 upon dozens of vegetables. 

There are easy-to-follow charts to answer every cooking question. And then there are 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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Condition: Small rip at top corner tip of dust jacket. Further good condition. 

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