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The Soups of France

by Lois Anne Rothert

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811833429, Hardcover)

What a treasure! The Soups of France feels luxurious, with its heavy-stock paper and stunning color photographs of the French countryside, and is peppered throughout with thoughtful literary quotes about food and sweet M.F.K. Fisher-style commentary by the author, Lois Anne Rothert. Rothert spent 10 years collecting these recipes, translating them from French, and clarifying the older ones that used measurements like "handfuls." She shares their origins in a way that will transport you to the villages, hamlets, and farms where she found them. Some of the recipes are familiar, such as Soupe au Pistou and pot-au-feu, but most are more unusual. From the southwest, Rothert presents a rich, comforting Chestnut and Pumpkin Soup, and from the Rhone-Alps, an Alpine Cheese-Glazed Root Vegetable Soup that's hearty and filling, with an intoxicating aroma.

Surprisingly, many of the soups are quite easy to prepare, such as a puréed Wild Mushroom and Hazelnut Soup from the Franche-Comté (the resulting texture is almost velvety), and a Garlic, Sausage, and Red Pepper Soup from the Basque country that's ready in about half an hour. There are recipes for the more adventurous too, including Frogs' Legs in Watercress Cream and Stinging Nettle and Potato Soup. But what's most wonderful about this book is the pleasure you'll get from it even when you're not cooking. Francophiles will love reading about Rothert's experiences, and foodies will love her generous descriptions of the traditions, history, and techniques she learned about while researching The Soups of France. --Leora Y. Bloom

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:30 -0400)

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