Announcing- Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons

Some of the earliest recipes I learned were soups in my high school years. I quickly fell in love with them for their lovely flavor, frugality, and comfort. What is better on a cold day than a soothing apple and butternut squash soup? When you want comfort and something that sticks to your bones, what fills you up better than Chicken and Dumplings? And what beats the complex flavors of Pho soup? Soup recipes and techniques span across the nations, the ages and there are hundreds upon hundreds of variations that give an un-ending scope for the imagination.

Later I grew to appreciate the beauty of flavorful homemade stocks made from chicken, beef, or lamb bones. Rich not only with flavor, but also with minerals easily accessible to growing children, the elderly and everyone in between.

I love soups. But I think that we have lost a lot of our “soup roots” in recent years (and no wonder, soups served at a typical grocery deli or restaurant can be quite terrible), but they are the type of nourishing, simple dish that all of us should enjoy! I don’t feel like I am “well-stocked” unless I have chicken stock on hand.

One of my friends commented on my first cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons,  “I am so surprised that you didn’t write a soup cookbook first!” Yes, I do love soups, and my friends know it! (Though, in my defense, I love salads too!).

So, when Victory Belt publishing contacted me about publishing with them, my first thought was a soup cookbook. And so my work began.With Victory Belt, I will be publishing a large, beautiful, full color cookbook!  It was a joy, and a lot of work at the same time. Pots and pots, and pots and pots (you get the idea) of soups later, my book is soon to be on the press. I am giddy, excited, nervous, and thrilled all at the same time. I hope all of you who requested this book buy it! ;-)

And I am super-duper glad I finished it! Whew, that was a lot of work!

This cookbook has over 120 recipes, each with a picture. All recipes I didn’t like that well, got cut because I wanted this cookbook to be full of recipes that I (and hopefully you as well) would use on a consistent basis. I wanted the majority of recipes to be ones that you could make not only on relaxed weekends, but also as part of your normal, busy weekday life.

My hope is that my cookbook will be helpful to those who want both simple soups (like chicken noodle soup, or lentils soups) and gourmet soups (like Beef Pho or Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo), and that my book will help point out how simple these types of soups generally are too! Whether you are steaming clams in a spicy tomato broth, or making homemade noodles, or making beef stock, the techniques are simple and doable for all of us. I most of all wanted my cookbook to be something that you, my readers, would enjoy and use on a regular basis.

I start the book with many recipes for stocks and broths. I give instructions on how to make them in your slow-cooker, how to re-use bones in stock making, how to concentrate stock so you always have it on hand (picture above), garlic broth, mushroom broth, and roasted vegetable broth, and then simple broth-y soups. From there we go to a wide variety of recipes. Sections include: Simple Soups with Eggs, Family Favorite Soups, Soups Inspired by favorite restaurants, Soups with Noodles, Creamy Vegetable Soups, Soups Centered on Legumes and Grains, Hearty Soups and Stews, Grain Porridges and Rice Congees, and Chilled Soups.

I also include pictorial step-by-step instructions for dicing, sautéing, and chopping vegetables.

I am so excited about so many of these recipes. I share recipes that have been in the family for years, I share new discoveries, and soups with ancient roots.

 

And soups can be made in the heat too! This Chilled Avocado soups was a favorite with my testers.

Making this soup cookbook was was a delicious adventure in the kitchen, and I hope that this book serves you and your kitchen well too. You can pre-order it here and then it will be printing in the next week or two! WOW! I can’t believe this day is finally here. :-)

P.S. If you are a blogger, I do have a limited amount of review copies to send out. Contact me via the contact form if you are interested and I will see what I can do!

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I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

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Comments

  1. Sarah Nilles says

    Will be excited to see – specially if you have pictures. I love cook books that have pictures – like them even more if they have pictures showing the steps. Just odd like that ;)

  2. Polly Hastings says

    What is the price on your new cookbook, Kimi? I am interested. Thanks and congrats!
    Polly Hastings
    503-658-3830
    Damascus, Oregon

    • KimiHarris says

      Hey Polly, I updated this post to include a link to Amazon where you can pre-order it. It looks like they have a pretty discounted price on it right now!

  3. EileenH says

    This will be my special Mom-to-just-moved-out-20-yr-old daughter Christmas present! Is it possible to get an autographed copy? :o)

  4. Audrey says

    How exciting! I don’t usually buy a cookbook if it doesn’t have nice pictures. Pictures speak to one of our very important senses, so important to be tempted visually.
    Will you let us know when and where we can purchase it?

    • KimiHarris says

      Audrey,

      I updated this post to include a link to where it is on Amazon. :-) It should also be available in some stores too.

  5. Alicia Fick says

    Woot! So excited to see this is coming! Have been LOVING your Salad cookbook this summer, we eat from it weekly. Love the gorgeoous ladle on the cover! Olive wood?

  6. Tara says

    Congratulations, Kimi!! I love and refer to your Salads cookbook at least weekly, and I am so excited to start working through your Soups cookbook! Hope you can get some well-deserved rest now that it’s in the hands of your publisher. : )

  7. Diana says

    Congrats Kimi. I like many others love your salad cookbook so am looking forward to this too. Just this morning I was moaning to my husband about needing more soup recipes – how very timely! :)

  8. says

    I literally jumped for joy when I got this email! Your salad book has become the most used cookbook we own and I’ve given away many and suggested it to dozens. Soups are a staple in our house and I am beyond excited to have your soup cookbook. Thanks in advance for all of your hard work! Looking forward to reaping/eating the rewards. Congratulations!

  9. Tina says

    Oh….this looks wonderful, I can’t wait!
    The pictures are making me hungry, and it’s definitely soup and stew weather here now.

    I also LOVE the ladle in the first picture. Is that olive wood? Where did you get it?

    Tina

  10. Tina says

    Oh….this looks wonderful, I can’t wait!
    The pictures are making me hungry, and it’s definitely soup and stew weather here now.

    I also LOVE the ladle in the first picture. Is that olive wood? Where did you get it?

    Tina

  11. connie says

    hi kimi……”fresh” for the salads and now “ladled” for the soups – titles so simple and clever all at the same time! i cannot wait to get this one, and perfect timing with winter coming up. congratulations on what is sure to be another fabulous cookbook. thank you for all your hard work. we sure do appreciate you.

    • Joan Riches says

      Evi
      Thanks so much. I was feeling frustrated because the Amazon free shipping has to be to a US address. I’ve had really good service from the book depository in the past. One of our daughters is in Australia and the other in Quebec. I’m thinking maybe most of my Christmas shopping will be done once I put my order in.
      Congratulations Kimi. I’m so impressed with the photos. They look real unlike much of what we see in adds and magazines.

  12. Tracy Q says

    Oh, this is exciting! Soup is my favorite food, and you are my favorite blogger! So both together is going to be perfect! ;-) I was SO excited to see the blog entry where you show that you show how to make concentrated stock! I just bought some today from QVC, because I didn’t know how to make it, and with being gluten free, I really want a more concentrated stock for my soups. I’ve made soups for years, and have become quite proficient at it, but I’m always looking for new recipes and new techniques to make more. Thanks! I pre-ordered it at Amazon. Can’t wait to get it!

  13. Samara says

    So excited to see that there will be an e-book available, as I will be out of the US already by the time the book is released! I used your salad cookbook daily for the last two summers, and I would imagine it will be the same with your soup cookbook. Did you take the cover photo. It’s beautiful.

    Good work!
    Samara

  14. Jane says

    Love the salad cookbook (my favorite is the onion poppy dressing)

    Are you going to post the table of contents (listing of the soup recipes contained in the book)?

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