Good soup display hits the shelves

By Emma Lashley

It’s finally soup season! I know I personally wait all year until the weather gets chilly enough to make regular soup eating the norm. I love a warm bowl of vegetable soup on a chilly fall day. But, having the same soup every time can get boring; why not try expanding your culinary skills to a slew of new soups? One of our monthly displays on the 2nd floor of the library is currently “Good Soup” (based on the incredibly popular internet meme for those in the know). It features all of our best soup cookbooks, with a few other cozy fall inspired cookbooks thrown in. It is perfect to help anyone with a love of soup discover their new favorite recipe.

The display contains books like Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match by Ivy Manning (641.813 Man). Which contains 70 easy and quick to make soup recipes as well as bread recipes that pair perfectly with each soup. The book features traditional comfort soups as well as soup varieties from around the world like Barbecue Pork and Miso Ramen with Flaky Green Onion Pancakes.

We are also featuring Soups Stews and Chilis (641.813 Sou), a book that contains over 200 recipes for broths, hearty soups, stews chowders, big batch recipes, slow-cooker dishes, pureed soups, speedy soups, chilis, and curries. The book claims that “If it’s served in a bowl, Soups Stews & Chilis will provide you everything you need to make it foolproof.”

In addition to Soup specific books we have some fall themed cookbooks that feature great soup recipes like The Harvest Table (641.5 Har) and Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Gatherings Cookbook (641.568 Bru). I’m a particular fan of Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook (641.5 Car). I Love the Outlander book series and the recipes in this book are all based on meals the characters eat throughout the books. Since most of the books take place in the 1700s, the meals are all quite rustic and wholesome. We’ve also added one or two cookbooks devoted to the art of making bread, in case you want to make some delicious homemade bread to go with your warm bowl of soup.

Lastly we’ve thrown in a few Chicken Soup for the Soul books, because we couldn’t help ourselves with a display titled Good Soup.

Hopefully I’ve got your mouth watering; if so come visit our “Good Soup” display on the second floor of the Crawfordsville District Public Library between now and September 15th to get inspired for soup season.

Emma Lashley is a Library Assistant in the Reference and Local History Department at CDPL