Soup & Bread Benefit Event and Cook Book Review

Soup & Bread — Chicago’s “most laid-back, delicious party” — is coming to Ferndale. On Wednesday, December 14, some of the Detroit-area’s most generous cooks will dish up free soups at the Loving Touch pool hall as part of the first ever Soup & Bread: Detroit, hosted by Martha Bayne, author of SOUP & BREAD COOKBOOK: BUILDING COMMUNITY ONE POT AT A TIME (November 2011, Agate Surrey $20.95).


The Soup & Bread: Detroit event kicks off at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Avenue, adjacent to Woodward Avenue Brewers, at 5:30 PM on December 14 (phone: 248-546-6396). There’s no cover, and no charge for soup, but pay-what-you-can donations go to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank.


Soup & Bread Cookbook, this book came about as a result of author Martha Bayne’s Soup & Bread series, where chefs (such as Paul Kahan of Avec and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard), musicians, artists, food activists, farmers, and home cooks contribute delicious soups to raise money for hunger-relief organizations — $15,000 to date and counting. Soup & Bread has been highly praised by the New York Times, the Chicago Reader, the Village Voice, and many other outlets.


I recently received a copy of the cookbook for review and was happy to see such a diverse collection of soup recipes.  Some of my favorites were; White Bean Chicken Chili, Yellow Winter Vegetable Soup, Tangy Chicken Tortilla Soup and Deli-Style Sweet and Sour Soup with Shredded Flank Steak.  Don’t those sound good?  I can almost smell them simmering away in the kitchen on a cold winter day.  Also included in the cookbook are a few bread recipes, the buttermilk corn muffins sound yummy.  I am a sucker for a good cookbook and this one will happily join my collection.


The cookbook, which Martha will be selling and signing at the event, features Detroit prominently, devoting an entire chapter to the Detroit SOUP project—the celebrated artist-driven soup fundraiser.  I really enjoyed reading about how the mission came about and how it is succeeding with such a basic concept; people connecting over soup and bread.


Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the SOUP & BREAD COOKBOOK: BUILDING COMMUNITY ONE POT AT A TIME (November 2011, Agate Surrey) to facilitate this review.



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