The Soup Kit

The Soup Kit

by Ginna B B Gordon


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Soup is universally loved: on a cold day, it feels good to wrap your fingers around a warm cup of Tomato Bisque; in the sickbed, just the aroma of Chicken Noodle Soup makes you feel better, nurtured and well fed. At the bottom of a ski run, a fall picnic, in a lunchbox thermos or on the table, a bowl of soup brings a warm glow to the body, gives strength and brings a smile and a sigh as the spoon is dipped in the broth.

Ginna BB Gordon has spent her lifetime studying the art of soup. From Bonnebrook Farm in Ohio to the Chopra Center kitchen in La Jolla, and all professional and home kitchens in between, soup has been on the menu.

Not just a book of 77 delicious recipes, The Soup Kit is a map to good soup. It contains everything a cook needs to know about the subject: a little history, a lot of spice and herb combos borrowed from other cultures, notes about thickeners and other additions, the right vegetable cut for the right end result, when to add which ingredient and more for soup that has layers of flavor and is chock full of nutrition.

The Soup Kit belongs in every kitchen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578566238
Publisher: Lucky Valley Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Ginna has owned businesses (the Book Studio, Ginna's Café, Ginna & Co.), managed kitchens and cafés in other folks' businesses (Rainbow Ranch Calistoga, the Chopra Center for Well Being La Jolla, The Thunderbird Bookshop & Café Carmel, Cornucopia Café & Market Carmel) and created events for non-profits (the Carmel Music Society, the Carmel Bach Festival, the American Tall Ship Institute) as well as for many private clients (including Steven Seagal at his home in Southern California, where Tibetan monks roamed the halls and created fire pujas in the backyard while Ginna prepped dinner for six, or eight or 20, depending upon the star's whim).

Throughout her busy 30-year career in the food and event business, Ginna has entertained herself and friends with art and garden parties, ceramic workshops, gifts from the garden and kitchen and herbal products for the body and table. Ginna is a dedicated Maker, DIY Artist and Upcycler.

Ginna has (so far) authored four books about cooking: A Simple Celebration - the Nutritional Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being (Random House/Harmony Books 1997); Bonnebrook Farm and The Gingerbread Farm, glimpses of the many teachers and styles of cooking Ginna experienced in her journey as a retreat cook and café chef; and First You Grow the Pumpkin, which shares favorite tricks for growing, preserving and creating in the kitchen. The Soup Kit continues the "how to" series.

Ginna studied Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic cooking style with Drs. Deepak Chopra, David Simon and Shamali Joshi. Her studies in the arts included UCLA Interior Design, the Guild of the Books Arts Carmel, Monterey Peninsula College and privately with myriad artists in and around California, including Alison Stillwell Cameron (Chinese Calligraphy), Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche (Tibetan Thangka Painting) and Louisa Jenkins (collage).

Currently, Ginna and her husband, performer, lecturer and author David Gordon ( are partners in Lucky Valley Press, a pre-press and indie publishing company.

Table of Contents



My Cooking Mentors

About Soup

Cooking Basics

Mise en Place

Equipment and Utensils

Knife Cuts

Recipe Terms & Units of Measurement

Mother Sauces


The Spice Rack



East Indian




Soup Basics

Types of Soup

Flavor, Stocks and Broth

Thickening Agents

Protein & Veg Combo Chart

Basic Soup Kit & Plan

Other Uses for Chicken Stock

First You Roast the Chicken

Chicken Stock-Based Recipes

Clear Chix Stock

Dark Chix Stock

Cure-All Chicken Soup

Chicken Noodle



Thai Coconut


Egg Drop

Hot & Sour



Tortilla Soup

Chicken Chili

Chicken Sausage Stew

Tom Kha Gai


Potato Leek

Chapter Two Fish


Quick Fish Stock

Slipper Lobster



Chapter Three Veg

Dark Veg Stock

Clear Veg Stock

Black Bean

Heart Throb Cafe Veg Bisque

Pumpkin Soup

Butternut with Crispy Sage

Acorn Squash Bisque

Beet Watermelon

Chilled Cuke

Creamy Mushroom



Broccoli Cheese

Carrot Ginger


Miso Soup

Meat Soups

Cooking with Meat

Beef Stock

French Onion

Bean w/Bacon

Potato Soup w/Chicken & Bacon

Gypsy Stew

Soup in a Jar

Layered Patchwork Soup Mix

Rice & Lentils

Garden Veg

Chicken Noodle

Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Things to go with Soup






Almond Breads

Compound Butters

Fruit Soup

Fruit Soup

Cherry Soup

Mother Sauce Recipes & More

Espagnole (Brown)

Bechamel (White)

Velouté (White with Cream)



Enchilada Sauce

Chicken Curry (Yellow, Indian)

Red Dahl

Chicken Marsala

Tomatillo Sauce


About Ginna

Recipe Index

Customer Reviews