Sunday, June 22, 2008

creative practice: soup

I read cookbooks for the stories, for inspiration, for ideas about technique and approach more than for specific recipes. Sometimes those are fun too, and you learn a good bit by following one exactly. What you learn, though, if you’re really taking in either strategy, is about the creative process, your own and that of the people who created the recipe -- or the music,

I’ve been reading New England Soup Factory Cookbook
lately. Chef Marjorie Drucker, storyteller Clara Silverstein, and photographer Ron Manville have collaborated on funny, creative, and inspiring presentations of a lot of soup possibilities (several sandwiches and salads along for the ride too). Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken and Rice Flu Chaser Soup, Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder, Pumpkin, Lobster, and Ginger Soup, The Fallwich --just reading the names conjures up whole kitchens full of ideas. As many times as I’ve been to the Boston area, I’ve never yet been to the New England Soup factory restaurant -- has to make my list for next trip.

music to go along

a few posts ago, you heard about the latest recording from the band Crooked Still, called Still Crooked. Their first album, Hop High
shows the Boston based group doing what Drucker and friends do with their recipes, looking at familiar ingredients with a fresh approach and opening new doors with that.

Music Road: now playing: Crooked Still: Still Crooked

a favorite Boston area restaurant (it's in Cambridge) Veggie Planet

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