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Reviewed by Paula Lynn McGrew for Readers' Favorite
Soup!, a recipe book written by Chef John Barnes, contains recipes for fourteen different soups, four varieties of stews, and five kinds of bread, ranging from French bread to biscuits to cornbread. His simple, clear instructions made me want to start cooking them right away. I was impressed with the wide variety of ingredients and the creative combinations he uses. As I read through the list of ingredients included with each recipe, I realized that they would all be easy to find in the aisles of my local grocery store chain. None of the soups is exotic or seem difficult or time consuming to make, and one of them even calls for only four ingredients plus salt and pepper.
Chef John Barnes, author of Soup!, believes that, “Man cannot live by soup alone,” and he thoughtfully includes five bread recipes to accompany and complement his soup recipes. I have made only one of the recipes in Chef John Barnes’ book so far – Creamy Potato and Bacon, but it was a fantastic hit, and my entire family – including my two picky boys – enjoyed eating it and have asked me to make this recipe again. I am looking forward to trying each recipe in Soup! because they all look delicious. I stay away from buying processed foods and cook from scratch almost all the time, and this recipe book will be helpful for making new soup, stew, and bread recipes for my family to enjoy.