By Rebecca Katz with Mat Ederson
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Published by 10 Speed Press
160 pages HB
BACK COVER: From bestselling author Rebecca Katz comes this collection of 60 recipes for pure, cleansing soups intended to renew and restore.
Soup has a unique ability to nourish and heal the body. In Clean Soups, author Rebecca Katz shows you how to use wholesome stocks and soups to naturally detox and stay energized year-round. She also explains the building blocks for creating deliciously balanced soups, such as Moroccan carrot soup, kale soup with coconut and lime, and simplest chicken pho. With foundational broths, blended soups, and traditional healing soups, as well as a two-day cleanse, Clean Soups shows how one simple bowl can make a huge difference in how you feel.
REVIEW: Growing up Rebecca intently watched in wonder as her Grandmother and mother prepared and made soup. She says, “The soups they made were magic. I always felt better after having a cup or bowl, and I knew instinctively that the soup had the power to heal.
Rebecca continues,.…”throughout my 20 years culinary consulting and cooking corner in the food-as-medicine movement. I’ve been, first and foremost, a soup-maker.” (Her soup mentor was Chef Rich LaMarita of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary arts)
I liked what she said about soup, “Eating soup is a way to hit the body’s reset button, to allow internal organs devoted to detoxification the rest and nutrients necessary to successfully do their job. …:”Soup, after all, is life distilled into a bowl. Unlike juicing, nothing is lost in the stockpot; indeed, just the opposite takes place. The heat of the pot slowly breaks down nutrients to a more digestible state, simultaneously releasing outrageous flavors that create heady aromas that magnetically draw us to the broth.”
“After the introduction the author starts out with the soup tool kit. She says, “What you need for soup success is a plan that minimizes stress and maximizes your pleasure in the kitchen …She goes on to say, “That’s where this chapter comes in. I start with the basics, including a complete list of the equipment you’ll need. I’ll also show you how to stock your pantry, which is a huge time-saver.”
The author continues, ”I’ll show you how all of the soups in this book follow a template – the dance steps; if you will, that each soup tangos to as it winds its way from water to wonderment. Once you pick up the moves – and believe me, they’re easier than you think – you’ll be on your way to being a master soup-maker in no time.”
I felt there was hope for me to make amazing soups after reading these words by the author. She also has a foolproof way of course-correcting any soup using just 4 basic pantry staples. It’s called FASS – fat, acid, salt and sweet – and she says, “I absolutely guarantee that it will maximize the flavor of any soup you make.” – I’m excited about this too!
This book is beautifully illustrated with colorful pictures of the many recipes that I want to try. Some of them are: Magic mineral broth, Chicken Magic Mineral broth
Immune broth, Roasted curry sweet potato soup, Summer zucchini soup with basil
Spiced butternut squash soup with cardamom and ginger, Spring time asparagus and leek soup, Silk road pumpkin soup, Caramelized fennel and chickpea soup with saffron
Caramelized onion soup with Pastured beef bone broth, Cuban Black Bean Soup
Nana’s chicken soup with Zucchini noodles, Mini meatballs in broth. Parsnip chips.
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