Saturday, April 28, 2007

Good and Garlicky...a book review by Mama

Have you ever had something that you like so much that you just
want to tell others about it? This book is one of those things for me. "Good and Garlicky, Thick and Hearty, Soul-Satisfying, More-Than-Minestrone, Italian Soup Cookbook" by Joe Famularo is my undisputed, all time favorite cookbook.
Mr. Famularo is an Italian-American who grew up eating many of these soups lovingly prepared by his mother, father, and various friends and relatives. Throughout the book you will find that many recipes begin with a little background story about how Mr. Famularo first came to know and love the recipe to follow.
Most cookbooks sound good, but the majority of the recipes fall flat. I haven't had one soup failure yet. I did try one recipe that was yummy, but more trouble than it was worth (Chicken Soup with Custard Diamonds). Other than that the other recipes have become family favorites. So much so that Monday is now officially soup night in the Shire. Our three family favorites are Rosy Minestrone from Rome, Sicilian Soup with Sausage, and Chicken Soup with Vegetables and Parmesan. They've all entered into the Monday night rotation each month. On the fourth Monday I try to try out a new recipe or end up making Chicken Tortilla soup which is also a family favorite.
If you're a soup lover like we are, I highly recommend this book.

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