If you buy only one cookbook this year, it should be Soup for Syria. As described in the book jacket, "Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors the world over have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each has contributed a recipe to this beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world."
And these recipes are tasty too! Here's a sample, the Curried Cauliflower Soup (my instructions here are slightly abridged from the original).
- 2 tblsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 small garlic cloves, chopped (I used my ever-convenient pre-chopped garlic from a jar...)
- 1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (or substitute 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- salt to taste
- 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
- Heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic
- Add cauliflower and saute another minute or two. Add in spices and salt and saute another couple of minutes
- Add stock, stir well, and simmer until cauliflower is soft
- Puree the soup in a blender, covering the hole in the lid with a towel. You'll probably need to puree in 2 or 3 batches.
- Garnish with scallions
Makes 4-6 servings. Enjoy!