I’ve really begun to enjoy soups, no matter the season. Well….there are some days when it gets to hot in the summer, but soups are a year round meal for us here in Michigan. And since I take extra care to make sure the ingredients I use, I know it’s chock full of nutrients and will be great for the entire family.
My friend Kimi, of The Nourishing Gourmet, just published her book Ladled a few months ago and sent me a copy to review. I’ve been super impressed with it! There are almost 100 different soup recipes in her book along with tutorials on how to properly prepare foods.
I didn’t think so many different types of soups existed! But she has everything from your basic ‘American type’ soups, to soups from around the globe.
Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons seeks to rekindle a love for making soups and stews at home, with instructions for every part of soup making. It details how to create a wide variety of stocks and how to salt a soup correctly. It describes how to create soups and stews both simple and complex, offers a detailed shopping guide that helps you find fresh ingredients, and breaks down all the healthy benefits of making your own homemade stocks.
Many of the recipes are gluten, dairy, or grain free, and she makes it easy to find the information. Each recipe photo has the allergy/diet information you’re looking for.
She also teaches us basic kitchen techniques (I really needed this info when I first started preparing whole foods!) as well as the basics behind traditional cooking methods.
The book is also beautifully laid out with photographs of each recipe, and organized exactly how I would organize my own recipes, so it all makes perfect sense.
One of my favorite features is the thumbnail view of the recipe list. This make it so much easier to find what you’re looking for!
I’ll definitely be using this recipe book and I think it’s a great addition to any whole foods kitchen. Kimi did a fantastic job with this book!