Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons (a book review)

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I love soup! Many of you probably know this by now.

I eat soup almost every day. Not only is it filling and a great way to get lots of veggies in my diet (especially in the winter), it’s also always made with homemade stock, which means it’s extra nourishing and healing for the gut (something I am currently working on). Seeing my love for soup, you can imagine my excitement when I received a copy of my friend Kimi’s new book, “Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons” to review on here. Kimi, for those of you who don’t know, is the publisher of the Nourishing Gourmet website, and she is the reason I even started this blog a couple years ago.

Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons

Ladled is the perfect book for soup lovers who find themselves craving soup in any season, regardless of how hot or cold it is out there. I eat soup in the hottest part of summer, but now, I am excited to have some new recipes to try. Ladled is also the perfect book for those who want to get more nourishing, healing meals in their life, but aren’t sure where to start. Soup is so versatile and you can pack so much nutrition into one little bowl.

This book allows you to travel around the globe, with a wide variety of soup recipes from lands both near and far. Each recipe has a gorgeous color photo to go along with it, whetting your appetite as you try to decide which one to try first! In total, there are 120 different soup recipes and there is literally a soup recipe in here for everyone!

If you are new to the kitchen, or just need a refresher course on the basics, Kimi has you covered. In the pages preceding the recipes, you will learn how to make a variety of bone broths and stocks, how to chop, slice, and dice your veggies, and even how to make homemade sprouted noodles! Kimi also discusses which fats should be standard in a traditional foods kitchen, as well as some kitchen tools that will make your life easier.

Have food allergies or dietary restrictions? No worries, Kimi has you covered. She has included a quick reference block at the bottom of each recipe photo, letting you quickly see if the recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, diary-free, etc. Makes it easy to quickly see if it’s a recipe that will fit your eating style. Keep in mind that soup is very forgiving, so if you have to make some slight modifications to suit your dietary needs, I can’t imagine Kimi would mind! 🙂

Crazy for Ladled

I could not wait to dive in when I received the book. That evening, I sat down and read through the entire book, salivating at all the delicious sounding recipes. I tried the Italian Zucchini and Sausage Soup and it is amazing. It might be my new favorite soup! Here are the others that I am going to try ASAP (I’m planning the Hot and Sour soup and the Avocado soup for this weekend):

  • Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup with Pineapple
  • Meatball and Zucchini Noodle Soup
  • Chilled Avocado Soup
  • All of her Phở recipes (I loooooooooooooooove Phở)

Want to see the Recipe Index for Ladled? Check out this post from Kimi, where she gives her readers a sneak peak of what you can expect in the new book, as well as takes some time to answer some questions from readers. If you also visit her site, she has posted four of the recipes from her book for everyone to try, including Chinese Egg Drop SoupItalian Zucchini and Sausage Soup, Garam Masala Chickpea Soup, and Mexican Cauliflower Soup.

Any cook, no matter their level of experience, will enjoy this book and the recipes included within. This book has taken up permanent residence on my kitchen counter and I can’t wait to try each and every one of the recipes. You can learn more about the Kimi and her new book in her announcement post on her site. If your appetite is sparked, the book is available for order on Kimi is also the author of “Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons“. I have not read her salad book yet, but it’s on my Amazon wish list! 🙂

Thank you Kimi for letting me review your new book! I can’t wait to see what other books you write in the future!

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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