Does someone in your family or among your friends love soups? My mother does. I do too. If you are still looking for a Christmas present for this soup lover, or if you just want to make this person happy, look no further! I’ve got a great gift idea.
Back to this summer.
I saw a post on The Nourishing Gourmet, that I follow: the author of the blog, Kimberly Harris, also the author of Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons, was looking for testers for her new book. I didn’t hesitate a second and offered my help.
Although my contribution was small – and I hope it helped -, it gave me the opportunity to try delicious soup recipes. From then, I knew that the book would be great, a book I would like to have in my cooking book library and that I would like to offer.
Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons contains all sorts of nourishing soups (120 recipes) from broths and simple soups, to stews, to vegetable soups, to soups inspired by restaurants’ recipes, to hearty soups, to chilled soups, to porridges and rice congees… Whether you like your soups light and simple, or with meat, or grains, or seafood, or vegetables, creamy or not, or a mix of some of these, options are huge and the results are delicious.
The book also contains some recipes for sides you might want to serve with your soups, as well as recipes for homemade stocks, questions and answers about grains, an ingredient guide, and some recommendations regarding some basic cooking preparation techniques.
The book is full of beautiful pictures, one for each recipe.
Like for any cooking book recipe I should review, I like to test the recipes first. When I first tested some this summer, I did not take any picture (silly me!) because I wasn’t supposed to post about them, of course!
When I received the book a little more than a week ago, I intended to try at least five of them, but time and the season caught up on me, and that’s why the pictures are limited.
It doesn’t change the fact that soups I tried this summer as well as in the past few days were all delicious, nourishing and, most importantly perhaps, full of flavors! They were also easy to prepare.
I invite you to check this book. If you love soups, offer yourself this book (this is Christmas, after all!).
Please, also check the author’s blog for more about the book:
– Q and A: Ladled’s Recipe Index
– Ladled is Here! (this post includes links to 4 recipes from the book, including the Italian Zucchini and Sausage Soup featured below)
***Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the book. This review is my opinion only and receiving the book did not influence it. Pictures are pictures I took myself of the book and of recipes I tried from the book.***