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Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbors together. The host provides two or three pots of soup, and the guests bring their own dishes and silverware, and perhaps a salad or some bread. Neighbors get to know each other by name, people of all ages connect and socialize, and the neighborhood becomes friendlier and safer. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published October 2nd 2013)
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Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been asked by the publisher of this book, if I wanted to participate in a "blog hop" in celebration of the release.
Ever since that email came and I agreed to it, I was waiting by the mailbox for the book to arrive!! I have to let you all know: I was dang set on trying out a recipe from the book for this review.... then I got the flue. Now I am sitting in bed, reading through the book and dreaming about all the wonderful soups I could have. (Dh is sticking to the tried and true chicken so
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A recipe book based around a community who had gathered sporadically for soup nights. Anyone was invited, but no pressure to attend. The volunteering hosts would make large quantities of soup, and the guests would bring a side along with their own utensils for easy cleanup.

Lots of stories as to where the recipes originated, as well as 250+ pages stacked full of recipes (listed in order of which time of year is best for the ingredients- winter, spring, summer, fall; as well as suggested time of
Torrey Grennan
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
My sister and I love to use recipes from this book for our dinner nights together. Lots of variety, for all seasons.
Beth Polebaum
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a lot of interesting recipes but the Winter Root Soup in p. 114 is excellent!
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is seldom that a book's "slogan" manages to provoke such intrigue yet this book managed that perfectly. One gets the title, for sure, but the idea of creating a community around a pot of soup…?

Consider us hooked, reeled in, ready to learn more! The marketing material or blurb sprang to the rescue and taught this reviewer something new about contemporary U.S. society. "Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbours together. The host provides t
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-library
I oddly love the idea of a diner club based around soup dinners. Or a soup swap club! Gott make sure that people in the group believe in froxen food and are good cooks! Oh, I suppose we'd have allergy issues also. And picky eaters...

Well, I'd like to try anyway!
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-arc

As a rule, I am not a gushy person, but I am going to gush about this cookbook/giver-of-hope to society.
If you don’t know your neighbors and don’t care to, please don’t read this book – you might just grow a heart and start to feel neighborly. If you like your neighbors and/or want to get to know them better, this is the perfect facilitator.
Humans live in groups for a reason – to help each other, to fill that basic need for human interaction. Only recently have people
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
It's October, colorful leaves float to the frost covered lawn, time to warm heart and soul with soup. As the first snowflakes flutter past the kitchen window I'm compelled to pull out the soup pot. It's time for comforting and nourishing homemade soup and bread. "Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup" inspires not just with recipes but with the idea of building connections with neighbors, co-workers, and family members during informal gatherings while sharing bowls of h ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley, courtesy of Storey Publishing. I read it last summer. But I wanted to actually try some of the recipes, so I got it out and read it again.

Here's a little background on me and cooking. I love to cook. I have things I like to eat and I work recipes I find for them until they seem right to me. I try hard to make the recipe as is the first time and then the tinkering begins. Sometimes I can't wait and tinker immediately. Soup is great for this, a ve
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has inspired me. What a genius idea, building supportive community relationships by organizing ‘soup night’ get-togethers. Who knew that soup could be so soulful. The basic concept of neighborhood soup night is the same. A host provides a big pot or two of soup, some bread and/or salad and drinks. The guests bring their own bowls/spoons. No stress, very little clean-up.The author first learned about the ‘soup night’ concept from her niece and formed her own monthly soup night, inviting ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who cherishes a sense of community
Recommended to LaToya by: NetGalley
Shelves: arc
What a wonderful concept! I never heard of Soup Night before reading this book, and I must say that I cannot wait to start my own. Stuckey's wonderful prose and heartwarming stories about Soup Nights, not just on Portland's Stanton Street, but all over the country, are truly inspiring. We live in a society where we are becoming increasingly technologically dependent, to the point where we are losing our social skills. Soup Night is a wonderful way to reconnect with others and meet new people.

Tina "IRead2Escape"
Soup Night by Maggie Stuckey has so much more to offer than just recipes. It starts out with a great reference of cooking terms and little tips on how to make your cooking experience easier. It's also conveniently set up by seasons. Looking for a great fall soup turn to the fall soups section. See how that works?

I am the first to admit I am not anyone's opinion of a cook. That's one of the reasons I was so excited to try this book. Some of the recipes were a bit complicated looking and required
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really cute and had a lot of great recipes. The idea behind it- having neighbours come together once a week to have a soup night and get to know each other is something that we really need to do these days. These days barely anyone knows each other- families rarely have dinner together, friends rarely call one another, so it makes it even more important to have something like a soup night. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of the soup night stories and looking over the re ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will never look at a bowl of the soup the same, soup has power beyond the obvious. It touches the soul. It fosters community. Soup makes friends.

Though the recipes look great, I was more interested in the stories and the possibilities of sharing soup. Life has become so busy that entertaining can be stressful but a soup supper has so many possibilities, book clubs, bunko groups, girls night, meetings of any sort. I have told everyone and anyone who will listen about this book and the great ide
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Besides the delightful idea (with tips) of organizing a soup night with your neighbors, I very much enjoyed the recipes. There are the classics but there are also good, cheap variations on them (there's clam chowder but also, mussel chowder). The recipes focus on frugality and ease so that it's no chore to make soup for more than 10 people and so rarely have more than 4 steps. Each slightly meaty recipe reminds you that it's easy to make them vegetarian and notes which are good for larger crowds ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
This is a lovely book--not only is it full of delicious-looking soups and accompaniments, organized in a round-the-year fashion, but it has terrific ideas for building community with soup suppers. The author has included experiences of many people who have started neighborhood soup nights around the country, and even some really fun ideas like Empty Bowls, which is an event supporting both the hungry and arts education by having handmade bowls and soup and bread donated, and then charging a smal ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved everything about this book. Have discussed with several friends the possibility of starting "Soup Night" here. Several times through the years we've routinely switched off hosting duties with others-first Sundays with another couple and later summer Sundays with neighbors. Had the opportunity to view the actual book (at Queene Anne Books in Seattle) and it's as beautiful in real life as it looked to be in ebook version.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this cookbook...
It is much more than a cookbook, though, it is also a guide on building community and relationships with your community. It's a wonderful idea and I can just imagine how much more enjoyable a bowl of their soup with fixings would be with friends. I definitely will be trying some of the recipes... they sound delicious! This is another cookbook that will make you hungry!
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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My opinion: What a fun cookbook and delightful concept of "soup nights". Soup recipes with tasty dishes to partner them with. The book offered many examples of families/friends hosting soup nights as something different.

I like that another reviewer called it a delightful little cook book, but its not just that. it's also a guide on building community and relationships through food.
Heydi Smith
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful collection of soups, stews, chowders, and more.

Since all my meals have to be low sodium and these recipes did not include nutritional notes, I only chose six that I knew based on ingredients would meet the dietary needs of my family. I may have had more if there had been nutritional notes or I was a bit more daring.

I enjoyed the stories of how soup has brought communities together.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
I have not let the fact that I won a free copy in a drawing on the Burp! blog to affect my review.

Great stories to accompany recipes that are well-written and easy to follow.
There are recipes for sides to go with the soups.
I made Cheeseburger Soup right after finishing my first read-through and it was great (Velveeta-free version).

This would be a good book even if one took away all the recipes. Very little nonfiction is done this well.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm sure I wouldn't have checked this out if I'd realized it was a cookbook about COMMUNITY. The premise of this book is rubbing my misanthropy entirely the wrong way, but I am excited about some of these recipes.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
A fun cookbook though the options for those of us who don't mix meat and dairy are more limited. I've read it -- looked at all the recipes -- but haven't made anything yet. My first attempt is going to be a yellow split pea.
Jeanette Johnson
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful book with wonderful stories of building community around something as simple as soup. I loved every story and the soup recipes in each chapter. I can't wait to try some of them!
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Great story and wonderful soups!
Cheri Aiello
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
nice variety

Lots of old standards and a few new ideas, as well as passing on the communal concepts. It's a good thing.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
LOVED the soup recipes... and ADORED the stories of neighborhood Soup Nights...
Just a lovely, lovely book to read...especially in the fall, I think.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
A cookbook about having neighbourhood soup nights. Many of the recipes are for large batches, several sound good. I will give them a try. The concept could be interesting.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you have never been motivated to host an informal block party, you will.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I looked the cabbage soup and African peanut soup recipes.
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Here's my idea of a perfect weekend:

>> Fri nite, sit with a pile of my favorite cookbooks and plan menu for tomorrow night's dinner party.

>> Saturday. In the morning, grocery shopping. Set the table for 7; debate over which dishes to use (OK, I admit it: I have way too many dish sets. I'm a yard-sale junkie.) Out to the garden for flowers (few) and fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, and gar