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on January 25, 2002
This cook book has a very good collection of simple soups (mostly vegetarian) that can be made quite easily. They are grouped by month and take advantage of the fresh produce that are in season. One of the great benefits of these recipes is that most of the ingredients are relatively inexpensive and healthy (e.g., carrots, onions, celery, beans). The recipes vary a great deal in taste, although many have similar ingredient lists. A great testiment to the diversity of soup. I have, however, noticed that many of the recipes call for a rather large portion of oil and turn out somewhat greasy. I recommend cutting the oil if it seems excessive.
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on August 19, 2000
Twelve Months of Monastery Soups is an excellent, seasonally based cookbook for practical soup making. However, you must take its estimation of servings as dubious - his "two servings" is eight servings as a meal in my house. Three things separate this volume from other soup cookbooks: (1) the soups are arranged by month that the ingrediants would be readily available in your garden or green grocer's. (2) the recipes are international but are the cooking "of the people" not of exotic chefs (3) delightful line drawings, quotations, odds bits of trivia etc. are sprinkled throughout the pages.
To give you a flavor of the variety of recipes presented: for March we find a German Saint Lioba Beer and Mushroom Soup, a Spicy (East) Indian Soup, a Basic Onion Soup, a Tuscan Green Vegetable Minestrone, an Everyday Potato Soup, a Garlic Soup, a Lima Bean Soup, a Beguine Cream Soup, a Saint Patrick Irish Cheddar Soup ... All the recipes are easily made; they have clear instructions and ingrediate lists.
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on February 20, 2003
Nothing warms the spirit like a bowl of soup and this book is a special joy -- filled with simple and delicious recipes for the ultimate comfort food. The recipes are organized by the months of the year to emphasize seasonal preferences and produce availability. Turn to January for great hot soups and stews in the cold months, look for lighter choices and some wonderful cold soups in the summer chapters. There are 175 (!) soup recipes in this book, all simple enough to prepare every day for your family and many elegant (yet still easy to prepare) for entertaining. The Vegetable stock in this cook book is the best and most flavorful I've ever tried and I freeze tons of it in four-cup ziplock freezer bags to use in vegetarian dishes.
The recipes are meant to be experimented with and the author gives great advice for substitutions and seasoning in the preface. Because of the special emphasis on seasonal availability of produce this cook book is the perfect choice for the kitchen gardener.
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on December 27, 1999
Never can you go through this cookbook just once. There are so many recipes to choose from that are both healthful, delicious, and fun to make. The author has opened a window onto new cultures. Not only does the book contain recipes, but I was delighted to find scriptures about the soups themsleves: advice on how to prepare them, when they should be served, and things about the cultures where the soups come from. I enjoyed the poems woven throughout the book that made it even more special. A word of thanks must go out to Victor Antonie D'Avila Latourrette. You have brought great pleasure into cooking through many wonderful recipes that I would love to try over and over. One word of advice: some of the soups come out slightly bland. Experiment with the ingredients until you are satisfyed. This is the the NUMBER 1 book to have on a cookbook shelf.
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on July 23, 1997
This is a great cookbook of soups. In
today's diet-conscious environment,
many make a meal out of soup or soup and a salad. Try this cookbook
for a wonderful variety of soups that are excellent as written; or, you may
wish to alter the ingredients to meet your own dietary plan. Buy a copy for each of your children or each of your very best friends. Everyone who receives this book, from the monastery, will be offering up prayers of thanks in your behalf! Read it first, shop for the ingredients, simmer the
soup, and ENJOY! From Betty Hengemuehler, one of Amazon's best customers and supporters. If only there was a way to send the great
Amazon Customer Service Staff a
pot of one of these delicious soups
via e-mail!!
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on August 8, 2002
This book offers an astonishing variety of healthful and tasty soups. Some soups have complex flavors and others are elegantly simple. All the recipes I have tried have been worth making again (and again, and again...)
Every winter I make many batches of the book's parsnip soup (parsnips and potatoes accented with curry), and guests ALWAYS rave about it, though they are never able to identify the ingredients!
Whether you want to give a gift that's sure to be a hit or simply want to feed your family well, this is the cookbook for you.
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on December 17, 1999
This book is really fantastic, for those who want simple, tasty (mostly) vegetarian meals. Most of the recepies here call for very few ingredients, most of which are easily obtained, but all of the soups I've tried have been great. Also, the book itself is very pretty, and has several very nice decorative woodcuts throughout. This is a rare treat for anyone who has spent significant time with most vegetian cookbooks, which contain recepies so complicated and time consuming that no normal person can deal with them.
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on June 29, 2000
Reading this book is a beautiful experience, because father D'Avila-Latourrette shares with you in each page, in each recipe, in each advice all the magic and joy of living in a Monastery. All recipies are delightfull and not so complex to prepare at home sharing a peacefull moment with your friends and family. This book contains a lot of monastic secrets about cooking and it is so incredible that you finally think about moving to a Monastery in order to seek for a little bit of spirituality
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on January 9, 1999
Absolutely wonderful recipes for the learning-to-cook cook ...Every soup I have prepared from this book has been deliciously satsifying in aroma, texture & flavor. Our family now enjoys a soup made from these recipes each night as a regular part of our dinner. We are up to 3 new soups per week! And I am becoming renowned for my soups - who would've thought? But I do share my secret...this cookbook is too good to keep to myself!
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on September 27, 1999
The recipes are easy to follow, easy to adapt, and always delicious. They are especially great for those of us who enjoy cooking from our vegetable or herb gardens. We like them all, but especially recommend the Hermit's Soup, known in our household as "Soup for Sick People" -- when you feel a little under the weather and ask for soup as a restorative, this is the soup you mean.
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