I love Love Soup!
Not only is it a great cookbook, it also has wonderful stories about how the recipes were developed. I devoured this book from cover to cover the first weekend I had it. I am now cooking my way through it, season by season.
It also makes a great gift, especially if you include an immersion blender.
I am considering buying a back-up copy, just in case I wear this one out!
This cookbook is fantastic!! It's definitely a favorite of mine and everything I've made from it has been wonderful.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I made the asparagus soup because it has fennel and I'm not a fan of fennel but it gave it the absolute perfect complexity of flavor. I was blown away.
Another aspect about this book that I adore is that towards the end Anna Thomas includes things that would round out a soup meal like various recipes for breads and other accompaniments.
I need to write a more thorough review when I have the book in front of me so I can see all of my cooking and tasting notes that I write in the margins but just know that I have a long list of recipes from here on my "to try" list. I just need to get through the soups that are already in my freezer because otherwise there's no room (I'm the only vegetarian in my house and the primary soup-lover too, meaning I could eat soup for 2 out of the 3 daily meals but my family can probably have soup for one meal a week at the maximum - so sad for me in a way, but then I have more soup all to myself! LOL!)
I've tried and LOVED:
Green Soup (LOVE IT!!)
Zucchini Basil Soup
Asparagus Bisque (without the cream)
Here's a few of the recipes I still want to try:
Pickle Soup (Mushroom, Barley, & Vegetable Soup, Love Soup, p.186)
Kabocha Squash and Cranberry Bean Stew (Love...
I love this book. It's such a good read! So far, I've only made the green soup, and it was delicious. Can't wait to make some more soups, and some of the delicious-sounding accompaniments.
I just got it from the library yesterday and am already chomping at the bit to make recipes from it! Looks fabulous and delicious.
Update: I have now bought a copy, but the first recipe I made (Green Soup) came out very weird. I followed the direction to puree, and let me tell you, cooked spinach turns to slime when it is pureed. I am regretting not paying attention to Heidi Swanson's riff, on the 101cookbooks site, to NOT puree it. I believe it would have been a much more appealing soup. Also, I was going to follow the Love Soup recipe for gazpacho, but happily I first read around in my other soup cookbooks, and learned from the Splendid Soups author that authentic gazpacho is never pureed or whizzed in a blender. I hand-chopped nearly everything and got the best gazpacho of my life. So Love Soup is going in my side-pile mentally labeled "cookbooks of which I'm a little skeptical."
I love soup, I love this book. The well tested recipes ensure successful outcomes. If you like vegetables, you can't go wrong. My favorite recipe is the basic Green Soup. It nourishes my soul.
My husband and I love soup! This is a really great cookbook. As usual though, I wish there were photos. I have tried about 10 soups so far. Most have been really great (green soup) some have been really bland (Purple cauliflower soup). I love that she has menu suggestions and recipies for breads, salads and dips. All things I love with soup. One thing that kinda ticks me off is that she makes you feel guilty for not cooking your own beans. I am lazy when it comes to this. She also uses a lot if hard to find ingredients without offering suggestions on subs. I know how to adjust but others may not. Still, one of my faves.