THE BEST SOUPS IN THE WORLD (John Wiley, 2010, 468 pages, ISBN 978-0-470-18052-5, $22.95 US soft covers) is by Clifford A. Wright, who is an award-winning author of 11 pre4vious cookbooks. He is best known for "A Mediterranean Feast", and he frequently writes for all the major American food magazines. It is a straight forward book at a sensible price, with a heavy emphasis on international classics. The book is arranged by type of soup, e.g., chunky, smooth, clear, minestrone-like, chowder, cheese, egg, and chilled. Most of the chilled soups are fruit-based. Each prep has some indication of its country of origin, and there is even a recipe index by region (with page references). There is also an internet food shopping guide. Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements, but there is no metric table of equivalents. He has a technique section on stock preparations and a nice discussion on canned stocks. There is even s short history of soups. As well, every recipe has a cook's note on context of the soup in its country's cuisine. You can get more details at www.cliffordawright.com
Audience and level of use: any chef
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: Georgian beef and apricot soup; mulligatawny soup; Slovak sauerkraut soup; almond and saffron soup; artichoke veloute; rasam; black kale soup; Algerian green wheat soup with meatballs.
The downside to this book: the type face for the ingredients is too light.
The upside to this book: no photos keep the price of the book down.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.