Doesn’t February make you want to snuggle up by the fire with a bowl of soup? Soup sounds so simple and comforting this time of year. Luckily for me, I have the perfect resource to chase away the wintertime blues. If you’re feeling super snuggly and in need of warming from the inside out, you’re going to want to check out Ladled: Nourishing Soups For All Seasons by Kimberly Harris. I’ve been cooking through this 300-page book and love it so much that I’m giving a copy to one of you!
I read this cookbook from cover to cover before stepping into the kitchen because I just couldn’t put it down. Every single recipe has one page of instructions and a full-page photo of the finished soup.
It even has a Thumbnail Recipe Table of Contents to help you select what you’ll be making next. Reading Ladled opened my eyes to the wide range of soup possibilities. Homemade soup really is for everyone. It’s inexpensive, nutrient-rich, and it can be hearty or delicate. There are soups with eggs and soups with noodles, rich broths and creamed soups.
My favorite creamed soup was Kimberly’s Butternut Apple Soup.
There are soups with grains and soups with beans. There are steaming soups and chilled soups, stocks and thick stews.
Kimberly’s Curried Beef Stew was a huge hit in our home.
There are traditional soups and less common grain porridges and rice congees. There are simple soups and soups for special occasions. With soup, there are endless possibilities, and Kimberly explores the full range in Ladled.
Kimberly calls herself a traditionalist cook because she uses traditional recipes, ingredients, and methods. Her warm personality matches the nourishing nature of her lovingly crafted recipes. She isn’t just a cook. She’s an encourager and a teacher.
While Ladled isn’t a gluten-free cookbook I found most recipes to be naturally gluten free. And the recipes are labeled:”Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian-Friendly, Budget-Friendly, GAPS-Friendly, and Quick Recipe to meet your dietary, budget, and time needs.
But Ladled is far more than a recipe book. It’s an homage to soup. Within it’s pages you’ll find history, instructions for and rationale behind sprouting and soaking grains, an ingredient guide to learn things like which are the healthiest oils to use and how to use them properly. There are sections dedicated to kitchen tools and basic techniques with picture directions. You’ll learn how to chop and onion, mince garlic, slice and dice carrots, celery, potatoes, and leeks. But then there are also instructions for less common kitchen tasks like making carrot and zucchini noodles, making sprouted noodles, and shelling fresh fava beans. There’s something to learn for everyone, even those who live in the kitchen.
Ladled is a must-have for every kitchen. It would be a perfect gift for a new bride or a housewarming gift. What could be more welcoming than soup?
And now for the giveaway! Would you like to win a copy of Ladled? All you have to do is make a comment below to enter. You can leave up to 4 entries today by answering 2 dish questions and letting me know in separate comments that you shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) and “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page.
- This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
- You are limited to 4 entries.
- The giveaway begins February 4, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on February 8, 2013.
No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
- Why would you like to win Ladled?
- What is your favorite kind of soup?
- Creamy, chunky, delicate, or hearty?
- If you win, for whom would you make that first pot of soup?