Must-have soup cookbook from Rebecca Katz, the Soup Whisperer.
I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Rebecca Katz in Denver at the Nutrition and Health Conference in March. She’s a chef, culinary educator, and flavor wizard. I love reading her blog posts, because she’s also a phenomenal writer. I reviewed her recent book The Healthy Mind Cookbook (also co-written with Mat Edelson), and tasted her soups at the conference. This woman is a wizard with soups! So when she asked if I wanted to review her new cookbook, Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality, it was an easy yes. This review wraps up Soup Month here at Recipe Renovator. Don’t miss all 28 of my healthy soup recipes in the Index.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into five sections: the soup tool kit (don’t skip this!), nourishing broths, blended soups, traditional healing soups, and soup toppers. Like every book from Ten Speed Press, it’s gorgeous. The text is readable and I liked nearly all the font choices. The only issue I saw is that on a few pages, like the one above, the background makes that page a bit hard to read. But nearly all the pages in the book are dark text on white backgrounds, so it’s a tiny complaint.
Eva Kolenko‘s photographs are drop-dead gorgeous, whether it’s a bowl of finished soup or an ingredients shot.
Recipes include immune broth, Silk Road pumpkin soup, roasted heirloom tomato soup, caramelized onion soup with pastured beef bone broth, salmon coconut chowder, clean-out-the-fridge soup, and toppers like crunchy kale crumbles, avocado and cucumber salsa, and polenta croutons. While not labeled, recipes are nearly all grain-free, all gluten-free, low sugar, and I think dairy-free too. Of the 64 recipes, only 9 contain animal products, so it’s a great book for vegans, vegetarians, and also paleo peeps.
What I liked about the book:
I loved the detailed storage information, the one- or two-day soup cleanse, the mix-and-match charts for broths and flavors. Rebecca has a wonderful spirit and energy in person that completely comes through on every page.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. Note that this book would be fine for low-sodium eaters: just omit the salt from the recipes.
paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free, low-sodium (see note above) diets
Not recommended for:
Migraine diets (recipes contain citrus, beans, onions, seaweed, and nuts, all potential triggers)
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (low-sodium, gluten-, dairy-, egg-free), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.