Many vegetarians cut their culinary teeth on Anna Thomas' classic The Vegetarian Epicure
, but the soups in this book "may just charm even a die-hard carnivore" (Publishers Weekly
). Arranged seasonally, these mostly vegan recipes include such mouthwatering bowl-fillers as Smoky Eggplant Soup, Wild Mushroom Soup, Creamy Potato and Roasted Garlic Soup, Carrot Orange Ginger Soup, and two full chapters' worth of soups that feature dark, leafy greens. Ever the consummate host, Thomas appends a chapter of recipes for accompaniments (spreads, breads, salads, etc.) that turn a simple soup into a hearty meal.