Advantages Contains some delicious recipes of both meat and vegetarian dishes
Disadvantages The majority of the recipes use far too many ingredients and are time consuming
Over the years I have gathered a variety of cookery books; many of which rarely see the light of day as I tend to repeatedly use the same ones. When choosing cook books I will always look for those that display colourful images of the recipes, so I have an idea of how my completed dish should look. The majority of my books are purchased from stores such as Sainsburys, The Works and The Book People who regularly leave sample books at my work place. My husband and I are not that fond of tinned soups, so I required a book that offered a variety of soups that were easy to make and wholesome to eat.
The book consist of 256 high quality glossy pages with a reasonable sized font where we begin on the contents page, which gives brief details of the 11 chapters contained within the book. The introduction discusses the essential ingredients of soups together with the equipment we need to create the recipes. We are provided with recommendations for each of the seasons such as light and refreshing soups for the summer with recipe suggestions from France, Spain and Mexico. I must admit that I found this section a little boring as it went into far too much detail.The second section of the book discusses the main ingredients used throughout the book and we are provided with supporting colourful images. We are given a run down on the health benefits of foods such as vegetables, fish, poultry, legumes, herbs and spices together with descriptions of their taste and examples of the soups they can be used in. I must admit that I found the information relating to the large variety of herbs and spices interesting, particularly as I cannot admit to being very experimental in the kitchen. We are provided with a number of recipes for different stocks although the majority revolve around meat ingredients. The book offers a number of ingredients that can be used for thickening although I tend to use corn flour if my soups are too thin.
The soup recipes begin with those that are light and refreshing, which includes a small choice for vegetarians. The recipes that I have tried are those that are suitable for the cold weather such as Grandfather’s Soup, which is a vegetarian dish with the main ingredients being onions, potatoes and noodles. Another recipe my husband and I have enjoyed eating is Catalan Potato and Broad Bean Soup, which again is a vegetarian dish and wonderfully warming and wholesome for the cold winter months.
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