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Review - Clean Soups

Written by Chef Donna Desfor | Jan 27, 2017 3:01 PM
Clean Soups

Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2016 Eva Kolenko

Our Summary:

If you were to cook from Clean Soups, never knowing the recipes were created to help you eat clean, wholesome foods that renew, restore and even detox your body, you'd be none the wiser.  Robin Katz's Clean Soups might as well be aptly named "delicious-," "comforting-," or even "everyday-" soups.  Most recipes contain common grocery-store ingredients, and even the odd ingredients such as kombu or kaffir lime leaves are easily sourced at your local ethnic market or online.  Sure, Clean Soups is written from the point of view of restorative health, but for anyone who loves soup, that's just an added bonus.

What you need to know:

Get It:  Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Published by Ten Speed Press, September 6, 2016, Hardcover $22.00 (Amazon $13.26; Kindle $12.99)

See It:  160 pages with vivid and brightly colored photographs of most finished recipes or the ingredients that make them. 

Make It:  60 Recipes, a few with variations, notes, and tips, including 4 foundational broths, blended soups, and traditional healing soups, soup toppers, and a 2-day cleanse.

Our Review:

Flip through a few pages of Robin Katz's Clean Soups and you may find yourself scratching your head wondering what the reference to "clean" means.  It's only upon close study of Katz's basic broths, or a read through the short 3 pages on Katz's two-day cleanse that you begin to understand there's a little something more to all these delicious soup recipes.  As Katz says, "eating soup is a way to hit the body's reset button."  And, if you follow Katz's easy and manageable recipes, you'll allow your body to do its job - rest and detox.  You'll just happen to enjoy it.

Happily, Clean Soups reads like an everyday single-subject cookbook.  You are introduced to the basics, provided a handy chart for matching broth-bases to soups, and another chart that allows you to create your own soup combinations with a few helpful guidelines.  Then it's onto the recipes.  Recipes you'll actually want to cook like Avocado Citrus Soup or Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup.  You'll have trouble choosing between classics like Nana's Chicken Soup with Zucchini Noodles¸ Herby Tuscan Bean and Vegetable Soup or Mediterranean Fish Soup and contemporary recipes such as Simplest Chicken Pho, African Sweet Potato, and Peanut Soup, or Salmon Coconut Chowder

Once you've made your selection, turn to the chapter on "soup toppers." There you'll find easy and richly flavored garnishes to transform every recipe in Clean Soups to a gourmet feast.  From start to finish most recipes, save the broths, are tackled in under 1 hour.  And most of that hour is often unattended.  You'll be treated to a variety of flavors from around the world and comforting classics that remind you of home - you're mom's or grandmother's. 

Perhaps what is most appealing about Clean Soups is that nothing about the book is preachy.  You'll cook from these recipes for whatever reason you choose.  And, once you choose, only rarely does Katz remind you in her headnotes that there are beneficial reasons to cook the soup. 

There is truly nothing like homemade soup, and in Clean SoupsRobin Katz gives you 60 reasons to say yes to soup - even if they happen to be the best thing for you.

The Recipes (Reprinted with permission from Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2016 Eva Kolenko):

Nana's Chicken Soup with Zucchini Noodles (with Old-Fashioned Chicken Stock)

Power Green Soup (with Magic Mineral Broth) and (Kale Gremolata)

Parsnip Chips

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