The first rule of Soup Club

Tomato fennel soup

What do you do when busy schedules prevent you from staying in touch with friends and making meaning contributions to each other’s lives? If you are Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, and Julie Peacock, you start a Soup Club. Indexed blog Leite’s Culinaria shares the heartwarming story of the four friends, who decided that once a week each would whip up an extra-large batch of soup and deliver it to the others as a way to stay connected.

Their project has now turned into a book, simply named The Soup Club Cookbook. More than just a collection of recipes, the authors have created “a guide for starting your own Soup Club-the logistics (there are just a few), the essential tools (ditto), and stories (to caution and inspire).” The book leads you through the who, what, when, and where of the process, providing tips like how to estimate quantities and alerting you to potential pitfalls. Soup Club Cookbook

While this Soup Club requires delivering the soup to each person, if you start a work Soup Club you only have one delivery to make. You also get treated to a great lunch once a week or so, depending on how many people are in the club. It’s a great way to combat the boring lunch blues.

Have you ever participated in a Soup Club?

Photo of Tomato-fennel soup with Brie toasts from The New York Times by Melissa Clark



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  • hillsboroks  on  January 19, 2015

    I have never been in a Soup Club but I have read about a group in Portland where someone cooks a big pot of soup once a week or maybe once a month and then friends, neighbors and relatives show up with breads, drinks and desserts. Afterwards everyone pitches in to clean up. This sounds like a lot more fun than just delivering soup or receiving soup. I think the social aspect of it is just as important as the soup. Several times a year we have what we call Soup and Pie night with friends, neighbors and family. Each family brings a pot of soup or a pie and then we just eat, visit and have a lovely time. Children, teenagers and men really enjoy these events because they are so informal and since we use paper bowls and plates the cleanup is minimal.

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