Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons

The Book:

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons is a must have for every seasonal vegan and even non-vegan kitchen.  This is one of several cookbooks by Nava Atlas.  In Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, she caters to the soup lover with tantalizing and flavor filled soups to get you through the year. If you are not a soup lover, you will become one after experiencing these flavor filled and healthy soups.

Recipes:

Nava does an awesome job in providing easy to follow recipes with simple ingredients.  The 120 plus recipes featured in Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons will take care of your soup cravings for the entire year.  I have tried the Potage Polenta and Macaroni and Cheese soup and I was not disappointed.  This is in no way a comprehensive list since I have so many pages tagged but here are a few other soup recipes available in Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons:

Winter
Hearty Winter Roots Soup
Curried Millet-Spinach Soup
White Bean and Hominy Chili
Sweet and Sour Cabbage and Bread Stew

Spring:
Potage Maigre
Puree of Asparagus with Soba Noodles
Puree of Spring Greens
Spanish Vegetable Stew

Summer
Cream of Green Pea and Cucumber Soup
Cool Ratatouille
Garden Greens Soup
Tomato Mango Coconut Cooler

Fall
Baked Onion Soup
New England Clamless Chowder
Spaghetti Squash Stew
Chickpea and Tahini Soup

Pictures:

Though pictures there are not many pictures in Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons each recipe stands out enough that you don’t really need them.  With the pictures provided, the author has done a good job in showcasing her soups.  Believe me, you will not miss the pictures as you visualize making the soups based on the descriptions provided by Nava.

Organization:

The recipes are organized based on season and really encompass the season they fall under.  For instance the winter recipes are very hearty such as Potage Polenta and several bean soups while the summer soups are very cooling with even a few fruit soups.  The author also provides nutrition analysis for each recipe with most of the soups falling under 300 calories per serving.

Extras:

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons also provides extras to enhance your soup experience.  The author starts off by sharing her “cooking notes” which includes topics such as freezing soups, seasoning soups, and equipment.  She also provides recipes for stocks, vegan sour cream and a few different breads to accompany the soups.

Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers

Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers

The Book:

Brought to us by Sur La Table and Janet Fletcher, Eating Local provides simple yet tasty recipes to showcase your locally grown produce.  Amongst the tantalizing recipes, the book features 10 farms that participate in community supported agriculture.  This is a fantastic addition to any cookbook collection.

Recipes:

With over 150 recipes, the book is geared for the everyday kitchen and are not laden with hard to find ingredients.  Though I found many recipes, here are a few that I plan to highlight in my kitchen over the next few months:

Carrot – Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger
Golden Beet and Blood Orange Salad
Brussels Sprouts with Caraway and Lemon Zest
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce
Tuscan Kale with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisons
Summer Squash Carpaccio with Arugula, Pecorino, and Almonds
Pita Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini and Red Pepper Hummus
Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm Ketchup
Warm Cornmeal Shortcake with Farm Stand Berries
Fresh Fig and Lemon Preserves
Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni with Ricotta and Prosciutto
Grilled Sausages with Baby Turnips and Turnip Greens

Pictures:

The pictures are AWESOME!  The book features many pictures of fresh produce and the featured farms which provide loads of inspiration to get fresh local produce into your skillet.

Organization:

I like that the recipes are organized by main ingredient.  Since many fruits and vegetables cross seasons, this set up makes it easy to find all of the beet recipes in one wop.  This is especially useful when you get your local CSA or produce box and it contains 6 lbs of them!  Who wants beet salad all week when you can open up Eating Local and sample a few of their recipes?

Extras:

Your Urban Homestead – Tips on how to plant your own garden with resources to get you started.

An Urban Barnyard – Yes, I said that right!  The book provides tips on raising your own small animals for eggs and meat.