Who is ready for a warm bowl of soup?
Soup Sisters is an incredible organisation started in Calgary by Sharon Hapton, but in 3 short years it has spread across the country.
I can't say enough great things about the organisation. The monthly soup making events are held in 15 locations across the country and they are a tonne of fun with lots of laughs, lots of cooking and lots of feeling good. The organisation brings volunteers together to make large batches of soup to donate to local charities who support women and children in transitional situations who are leaving domestic violence.
They are about to reach the 100,000 bowl mark and it is coinciding with the launch of their very first cookbook published by Appetite a brand new imprint from Random House Canada. It is a compilation cookbook with recipes from chefs and volunteers and certainly has a fair number of big names as well as folks you've never heard of, but they all know how to make a bowl of soup.
Robert McCullough is the man behind Appetite. He is a legend in the Canadian culinary cookbook scene and can be credited with nearly single handedly creating most of Canada's finest cookbooks.
Soup Sisters events are a blast! I love volunteering as the chef at the events, and I was lucky enough to work on the cookbook project with Sharon and Appetite (Robert and Lindsay). I drew the illustrations and streamlined all the recipes from all the chefs. We worked hard to create an easy to use, all in one pot soup cookbook.
The book is full of fantastic photos by the fabulously wonderful Julie Van Rosendaal of Dinner With Julie.
Here is my picture for Glam Clam Chowdére (this photo isn't in the book, Candace took it while we tested the recipe). It's perfect for fancy ladies who generally eat martinis for dinner as well as salty seadogs with hearty appetites and cold waterlogged toes. It's on page 136. So go get the book if you want the recipe.