Book Review: The 30 Minute Vegan Soup’s On!

  • Published on December 31st, 2013

We’re big fans of Mark Reinfeld’s 30 Minute Vegan books, so I was super happy to get a review copy of the newest book in the series. Released just last month from DeCapo/Lifelong, Soup’s On: More than 100 quick and easy recipes for every season demonstrates Reinfeld’s passion for simple cooking and healthy indulgence. Reinfeld, the master chef  behind Vegan Fusion and Blossoming Lotus restaurants is an established author with six books under his belt, four of which fall into the fun 30 Minute Vegan series. His recipes are simple and approachable while remaining unique and interesting, making it easy for newbie cooks and established chefs alike to find something delicious in his recipe collection. 30-minute-vegan-soups-onjpg-800b868cc4c472a1

{Want to read more? Check out our review of The 30 Minute Vegan Cookbook Series here!}

The 30 Minute Vegan Soup’s On book does not disappoint in its diversity nor its simplicity. Reinfeld breaks down the chapters into soup creation basics, like homemade vegetable broth (a staple in my house). Secondly, he covers vegetable based soups which includes classes soups like French Onion and Caldo Verde, but also globally inspired dishes like African Peanut Soup and Roasted Beet Borscht. The next chapter covers soups with additions grains, legumes and pasta. The recipes that piqued my interest include the Coconut Greens Soup with Polenta, made with a base of broth and coconut milk and just a little bit of polenta to add texture to the greens, ginger and mushrooms. Tibetan Noodle Soup also looks promising, made with homemade noodles of spelt flour and a mix of fresh veggies.

The fourth section delves into creamy soups, all made with vegan options like soy creamer, silken tofu, coconut milk and homemade cashew milk. These creamy soups, including a fun Coconut Carrot Soup with Ginger and Dill and New England Chowder, demonstrate that dairy cream is definitely not the only way to make soups really shine!

Lastly, Reinfeld offers a chapter all about raw soups and dessert soups. This is where his expertise truly shines: Spicy Strawberry Soup, Cantaloupe Rose Soup with Blueberry Cream and Raw Mediterranean Onion Soup help us realize that soups really are for everyone, even those who don’t eat cooked foods! As a bonus, Reinfeld has also chosen to include dozens of recipes for add-ons to make your own meals that much more awesome. Candied pepitas, vegan Cream Fraiche, Tofu Feta and Basil Oil might seem like small recipes, but can make each simple soup seem like a gourmet creation. Best of all, as you might guess from the title, these recipes can almost all be created in 30 minutes or less. Find the book at your local bookstore, or at my favorite online independant bookstore, Powell’s.

{For more information about the book, check out Eat. Drink… Better’s review of the book here!

Vibrant Wellness Journal would like to thank De Capo/Lifelong for a review copy of the book!

 

 

 


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A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at AndreaBertoli.com, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram