A SOUP FOR EVERY DAY
Hot, cold, smooth, chunky, creamy, brothy—soups come in myriad forms,yet always delight. Considered by many to be the ultimate comfort food,they are welcome additions to the dining table throughout the months,marking seasons and occasions with avorful air.This book will encourage you to make soups on any day ofthe year. Using what’s fresh as your guide, draw on seasonalingredients—asparagus and peas in spring; corn, peppers,and tomatoes in summer; cruciferous vegetables andhearty greens during the fall; and root vegetables inwinter—to inspire your creations.Versatile, exible, and easy to stretch, making soupis a smart way to cook. Some are perfect for casualweeknight meals, while others offer an elegant way tobegin a dinner party. Soups are easy to dress up byadding texture, avor, or a festive touch with simplegarnishes—a topping of crisp garlic croutons; a swirl ofpesto, olive oil, or crème fraiche; or a sprinkle of choppedfresh herbs. They are also easy to personalize to yourown tastes by swapping in alternative ingredients,omitting cream or an herb you may not have on hand,or changing the texture by puréeing it or leaving itchunky. Many soups can be made ahead and reheated just before serving, while others can be prepared inlarge batches and frozen for quick meal options onbusy nights. You’ll learn these approaches and manymore on the pages that follow.The recipes in this book, 365 in all, are organized bycalendar month and are designed to stimulate ideas forcooking any day of the year. You can use the calendar pagesin the front of each chapter as a road map for your soup-makingadventures, or feel free to meander through the recipes at yourleisure, knowing that there will always be a dish to inspire you,no matter what the season. There are also dozens of full-colorphotographs to guide and entice you along the way.The wealth of delicious recipes, colorful photographs, and dailyculinary wisdom inside these pages are sure to satisfy a yearningfor soup, no matter what the day brings.