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Must-Read: Williams-Sonoma Soup

Although I've always been a fan of eating soup year-round, now that the weather has cooled down a bit, soup is a regular part of my meal rotation. That was my logic behind acquiring Williams-Sonoma Soup ($16.95). To see my thoughts on the cookbook,



  • Ingredient measurements include other measuring system equivalents: A recipe calling for dried black beans, specifies that 2 cups equals 14 ounces or 440 grams.
  • In addition to a full-page picture, each recipe contains an added bonus: a tip with a corresponding picture, pertaining to the recipe.
  • The back of the book has helpful information like stock recipes, basics of making soup, garnish options, a glossary, and an index.


  • The recipes are written in paragraph form, but could have been written in easier-to-follow steps.
  • Helpful details such as cooking time or nutritional facts would have made a big difference.

Recipes: Some of the recipes call for gourmet ingredients that one may not typically have on hand, such as kombu seaweed flakes, tawny Port, or Thai red curry paste. I flagged the following recipes to make at home:

  • Classics — New England Clam Chowder
  • Simple Soups — Puree of Vegetable Soup, Broccoli-Leek Soup
  • Dinner Party Soups — Three-Mushroom Soup With Sherry, Mussels Mariniere
  • Winter Soups — Black Bean Soup With Salsa Crema, Provence-Style Fish Stew
  • Chicken Soups — Avgolemono, Thai-Style Curried Chicken Soup

Imagery: The images are abundant and appetizing.

Overall Rating: I'm a huge fan of this book, which contains lots of staple soup recipes. If you're already a soup whiz with an expansive recipe collection, this book may not be for you, but if you're on the market for a soup cookbook, this affordable book could just be the one. Have you checked it out yet?

tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Ooo, I love soups, and I'm really into making them lately since the weather's been icky here. I might just have to put this on my list to own.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I love soup...but the hubby does not. That makes me sad! :(
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
Mmmmm! Soup in the winter is lovely. I'm very tempted to get this book. I think I'll go ahead and add this to my Christmas list too!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love that there's food porn for me. i won't ever buy a cook book unless it's overloaded with pictures of what i'm making since that's what i choose my recipes from. i think that i might have to get this - my fiance and i love to have soup - and it's one of the only things that i regularly eat - so this is going to make for some nice new dinners!
Angela123 Angela123 9 years
psterling psterling 9 years
my husband is anti-soup. Otherwise I would be all over this.
gvsb gvsb 9 years
i have this book , and i love it. i make the chili all the time. actually i have many of the cookbooks in this series, they all contain good stuff!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I might put this on my Christmas list! I'd love to try a really great clam chowder recipe. You're not alone in busting out the soup now that the weather's cooled off, either, Yum. Ever since the weekend, my Crock Pot's been in heavy use :feedme:
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