When it comes to soup, I get inspired not just by recipes, but by the idea of certain combinations. I feel like soup doesn't need a lot of fussy technique — I just want to be inspired by new ideas. These two books both do that.
→ The Best Soups in the World by Clifford Wright
→ Soup of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Kate McMillan
Wright's book introduced me to lots of soups from around the world! I loved reading about soups from Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. They tend to be longer recipes and more complicated, but they are inspiring. No photos, though.
The Williams-Sonoma book is a little more geared towards basic recipes, but it has so many more photos — and they're really beautiful! It's one to browse visually.
Those are two I like a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books on soup and stews? Or do you like to get recipes online or from magazines? Which are your favorites?
(Images: via Amazon)