Starred Review. Druker, executive chef and co-owner of Massachusetts eatery the New England Soup Factory, joins veteran Boston-based food writer Silverstein to weave personal stories of the region with mouthwatering recipes in this instant classic, a must-have for soup lovers. Standards like Beef and Barley, Split Pea with Bacon and Potatoes, and Hot and Sour Soup sit comfortably next to innovative combinations such as Butternut Squash Soup with Calvados, Gorgonzola Cheese and Prosciutto or Yellow Tomato Soup with Jasmine Rice. Aside from the stock-making, which Druker and Silverstein heartily endorse, most of the soups and accompanying sides come together in minutes, producing a quick, hearty meal that few dishes can match for sheer satisfaction. Many recipes highlight just a handful of ingredients (Roasted Yellow Beet and Pear Soup with Blue Cheese; Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup with Dill; Apple, Onion and Cheddar Soup) and call for little else, keeping recipes simple, costs low and flavors bold. Recipes are grouped intuitively by theme (cheese, chicken, chowders, etc.) as well as by season, ensuring that the perfect bowl of soup is never far away.
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Marjorie Druker is executive chef and co-owner of the New England Soup Factory. A graduate of Johnson & Wales, she has received four Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine and has appeared twice on the Food Network. She currently cohosts All Fired Up, a local cooking show in Boston.
Clara Silverstein is the author of the memoir White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation (University of Georgia Press, 2004), and a forthcoming cookbook, The Boston Chef's Table (Globe Pequot Press). A former food writer and editor at the Boston Herald, she has also contributed articles to Runner's World, the Boston Globe, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, and several literary magazines and anthologies. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.