“Soup & Bread: Building Community One Pot at a Time” by Martha Bayne

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Those from Chicago may have heard of “Soup and Bread,” a weekly free dinner at The Hideout Bar, where soup is king and donations go toward good causes like the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Anything goes as far as soup – folks bring whatever kind of soup they want, and it’s a collective feast of people eating good food for a good cause.

Author/Soup and Bread founder Martha Bayne has compiled a whole bunch of these recipes, along with other soup-tastic tidbits, into “Soup & Bread: Building Community One Pot at a Time.”  There are over sixty soup recipes packed into the book – everything from chili to vegetable soups, contributed by everyone from writers to regular folk.  I was delighted to see that the book contains a recipe for a chili courtesy of Doug Sohn from Chicago’s best hot dog place/encased meat emporium, Hot Doug’s.  (The charred Elvis from Doug’s is one of the best things I have ever eaten in my entire life.  The end.)

Recently, Ms. Bayne swung by FoodEase in the Water Tower Place to sign books and offer soup samples, and I went by.  In addition to a signed copy of the book, I got to sample the Mexican Corn Soup, which was really good.

As is my way, once I got home I had to put the cookbook to the test.  The book features a recipe for “Kewaunee Inn Cheddar Cheese and Beer Soup” contributed by John McKevitt, and – being a fan of beer cheese soup like no one’s business – I made it for dinner last night.  (I used Guinness for the “dark beer,” and I highly recommend you do the same if you’re going to make this soup.)

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Dude. It was delicious.  And not too difficult to make.  (Also, the recipe makes a ton of soup.)

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I’ll absolutely be making this soup again.  Total win.

For fans of soup and good social causes, check out Martha Bayne’s book.  It’s full of interesting and delicious-sounding recipes that I can’t wait to try out.

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