Looking for a basic cookbook filled with delicious soups? Then look no further than Susannah Blake's 500 Soups (Sellers Publishing, $18), which features the classics —minestrone, cream of tomato, and chicken noodle soup, of course, as well as more sophisticated fare, including ribollita, mulligatawny, and avgolemono.
Each soup recipe comes with simple variations and twists to try, featured at the end of each chapter in the book. For example, Blake offers several variations on classic vichyssoise — with garlic and chive toasts, extra-creamy, and with fresh mint — enough to keep every soup lover entertained throughout the season.
But soups aren't just for cool weather; Blake's special section just for chilled soups means that you'll get mileage out of this book in the summer, and exotic recipes like laksa and harira keep readers coming back for more throughout the year.
The origins of this soup are believed to be the Tamil Nadu region of India, and its name comes from the original Tamil phrase "milagu thanni." (Photo courtesy of Ian Garlick)
If you've ever wanted to have spaghetti and meatballs in liquid form, this is about as close as you'll probably get. (Photo courtesy of Ian Garlick)
Ramen is a classic comfort food in Japan, and this version eschews traditional slices of pork for leaner tuna. (Photo courtesy of Ian Garlick)
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.