Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blog Tour: Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons

Tonight I am doing something different. Nava Atlas asked me to be part of a blog tour for her latest book, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons (it's actually the 4th edition of a cookbook she originally published as Vegetarian Soups For All Seasons). The idea is for various bloggers to try a recipe from the book and then blog about it on an assigned day. Neat, eh? The cookbook is divided into the four seasons with plenty of soups and stews in each. From Harvest Stew to Carrot Bisque to Asparagus and Spinach Soup to Melon Medley, this cookbook has over 1o0 recipes for you to try. The final chapter contains recipes for breads, muffins, and biscuits to complement all that soupy goodness.


I chose the New England Clam-less Chowder, being in the mood for something hearty. I have never had actual clam chowder so I can't comment on how it compares, but I will say that it was very, very tasty. Son # 2 described it as "super good," and Son #1 also gave it the thumbs up. I did make one change. The original recipe called for baked tofu to replace the clams, but I didn't have any. Instead, I used chopped king oyster mushrooms. It worked perfectly since the mushrooms have a bit of bouncy chew to them--kind of like what I imagine the texture of a clam would be. Son #1, who claims to hate mushrooms, immediately asked what the chunks were in his soup. Wanting to avoid a huge argument over picky eating, I just said "fake clams." "They are really good!," he replied, and ate up his soup.

17 comments:

shelby said...

Mmm, if I could just eat soup all day long...I'd be one happy girl! The chowder looks great, I've never liked the real version but maybe the vegan version is better.

Ricki said...

That's hilarious about the fake clams! The soup looks fabulous. I am behind on my soup-making, but can't wait to dig in to this cookbook!!

leslie said...

haha, i love the "fake clams". reminds me of when i was little and would refuse to eat "those fuzzy little lambs" so my parents told me everything was chicken - apparently i didn't care about eating chickens.

chow vegan said...

Looks very tasty! and nice side step on the mushroom question. :-)

DJ Karma said...

I used to hate mushrooms too, but now I love them! It's funny you made the same soup as I did on my blog, and I was inspired by the current issue of Veg News(their recipe used oyster mushrooms too) Great thinkers think alike? haha!

Michelle said...

Sounds yummy! Also, way to think on your feet with the "fake clams" response! :0)

Steel City Vegan said...

I love how you dodged the mushroom bullet. My stepson (his mother makes steak on a regular basis) often whines about the foods we eat, so I have become very creative in what I tell him things are to get him to eat it.

Samantha said...

The chowder looks delicious! I love how little ones eat things that they say they don't like.

DJ said...

I love chowder! And I love your parenting save on the mushrooms there - lying by ommission is as natural as breathing to me in these situations!

Brenda said...

I've just ordered this cookbook a couple days ago!! Can't wait for its arrival!!

Cesia said...

Sounds good!

How do we know where the other reviews are going to be?

- Cesia.
http://ceceatitagain.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

That's a really fun idea to promote a book. I've been eyeing it on Amazon and from your review it sounds delicious. I had no idea it was a 4th edition.

Bianca said...

Haha! My mom used to trick me like that too. I used to hate onions, so she'd chop them super fine and I never knew I was eating them.

I'm excited about this book. I love Nava's books, and I love soup, so...sounds perfect!

Liz said...

Yum! That soup sounds awesome!
Your sons comment reminded me of my stepsons inquiry about some eggplant in his lasagna. He claims to hate eggplant. I called it purple zucchini and he loved it!

Jeni Treehugger said...

That Soup looks SOOOOO good.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

DELICIOUS!! The soup... it sounds delicious, and we make it with mushrooms too!! One of the kids' favorites, though they are now old enough to appreciate mushrooms in all their slimy "fake-clam-like-ness"...

I did the blog tour too - this is seriously one of my fave cookbooks!!

Robin said...

I think the mushrooms are an inspired choice - much better fitting than tofu. Clams have that chewy texture that mushrooms provide, and which offset the creaminess of the soup.