- Digby Law’s Soup Cookbook
- Author: Digby Law
- ISBN: 9781869711030
- Published by: Hachette NZ
Digby Law’s recipes are culled from all over the world and many of his own creations are included. All the classical soups are here – vichyssoise, borsch, bouillabaisse, etc – together with more exotic soups such as Turkish wedding soup, and curried cauliflower. Digby Law’s Soup Cookbook has clear and simple instructions, an emphasis on using only the very best ingredients, and the imagination and flair that the author brings to all his cooking. With recipes for stocks, garnishes and soup accompaniments, as well as for over 300 soups, Digby Law’s Soup Cookbook will provide cooking and eating pleasure for a lifetime
Digby Law was a gourmet chef, food writer and broadcaster whose cookery books helped change the way New Zealanders approached food and eating. Digby didn’t train to be a cook; he was self-taught and learnt by experience. His simple explanations of ingredients and methods enabled both new and experienced cooks to make his recipes with great success
Thank you to Hachette & Family in Focus for the opportunity to review Digby Laws Soup book.
The book is clearly laid out in sections, with everything from Light soups, Veggie soups, all the way to Fruit soup (who knew soups could be made with fruit?!) I was a bit disappointed that there were no pictures, but they weren’t really needed so it wasn’t a big issue
There are a few recipes that we simply couldn’t afford – salmon and veal being two of them – but the majority of the recipes should be in easy reach of most family budgets.
As I already had some smoked fish in the freezer from a work trip my husband had been on, I decided to make the Smoked Fish Chowder. However, I didn’t have any celery and I’m not keen on tomatoes, so I simply left those out
Preparation was no more than 10 minutes, so no hours spent in the kitchen.
The base of the soup was simply a cheese sauce which most of us have probably made before.
I actually didn’t think that sounded very nice, but by the time the other ingredients were added it turned out delicious! It certainly didn’t taste like cheese sauce.
The whole thing was extremely easy to make.
Reading through the book, it seems that most recipes would be fine for the ‘not confident’ cook.
There seem to be many recipes that even picky eaters would be fine with.
There is a small section with recipes for soup accompaniments – Corn breads, Dumplings, Bread rolls etc – which all look very quick and easy to make.
I think this book will be a hit with families, but as with all cookbooks, it might be wise to get a copy from the library first. But I’m sure many families will buy one for the book shelf.
All in all, this is one of the better soup cookbooks I’ve used and I would recommend this book.