The book: Soup for Two by Joanna Pruess
The angle: Soups scaled down for just one or two people.
Recipes for right now: Cauliflower-Cashew Soup, Rainy Day Tomato Bisque, Wild Mushroom Soup, Turkish Eggplant Soup, Turkey-Barley and Spinach Soup,
Who would enjoy this book? College students, one- or two-person households, and parents of young children.
• Who wrote it: Joanna Pruess
• Who published it: The Countryman Press
• Other highlights: My biggest question mark going into this book was really, "How?" Not that soups can't be scaled down (they can obviously be scaled up!), but there are some ingredients that just make more sense for a bigger batch. It doesn't make sense to me to only use half a carrot or half a package of ground beef — you might as well scale up and freeze the extra soup.
To Joanna Pruess's credit, I feel that she keeps these kinds of incidents to a real minimum. Her biggest tip here is to buy from the salad bar — aha! — where you can buy small amounts of things like prepped broccoli, beans, tofu, and chopped greens. When she can't find ways around odd leftovers — for that half a carrot, for instance — you'll find that there's another recipe close-by that will help you use up the remainder. And if all else fails, there's her recipe for Leftover Root Vegetable Soup, which will gladly take all your remainders.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Soup for Two by Joanna Pruess
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