Book review: A Soup for Every Day

By New Covent Garden Food Co.
Published by Boxtree

New Covent Garden Food Company has been providing quality, homemade soup to British supermarkets since 1987 and has recently produced a wonderful cookbook containing 365 of their favourite recipes.

Starting with the front cover, the hardback looks as appetising as their iconic soup cartons. Then, once you start browsing the pages, you can’t help but noticing the elegance and simplicity of the design. All daily entries neatly display the name of the featured soup with its ingredients, cooking time and number of servings, neatly followed by clear and simple instructions.

I always feel like there is something missing from a cookbook without photographs but you won’t even notice their absence once you start reading about all the mouth-watering soups that you could be cooking for yourself and your family. Tomato, pepperoni and parmesan; red lentil, lemon and thyme; king prawn and chorizo; sweet potato, butternut squash and chilli… 365 days of deliciousness!

The recipes are presented so that, according to the month and season, you will be able to cook using fresh ingredients. And if you’re craving a soup with a particular ingredient or are looking for ideas to use up what’s left in the fridge, the comprehensive index at the end of the book will help you find exactly what you need.

A culinary diary that – after trying only two recipes – I already couldn’t do without.


  1. What a fantastic review - this book sounds like a real 'must-have' for every soup-lover up and down the country. And what a beautifully designed book it is too, whoever created the artwork for this deserves an award!

  2. I wanna eat homemade soup!!!!

  3. Simon, have you designed the book by any chance?! It is a lovely book indeed!

    Jeane, there are so many ideas in this book that it's difficult to choose just one for dinner!


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