Billi Bi Soup “The Soupmaker’s Kitchen” Aliza Green cookbook
Before the state of overwhelming proportions took hold in my Kitchen Re-Do seemingly affecting everything throughout my entire home including the wonder of entertaining a child after arriving home from camp with the remodel team still hard at work, I enjoyed a lovely lunch one afternoon with Cookbook Author, Aliza Green.
It is always great to see Aliza and this time clutched in her arms was the first advance copy of her most recent cookbook: The Soupmaker’s Kitchen, How to Save Your Scraps, Prepare a Stock, and Craft the Perfect Pot of Soup.
Aliza was working on this cookbook at the time I first interviewed her on another of her cookbooks, Starting With Ingredients, as part of my launch for Spiced Peach Blog last July and so it is one I have been very much looking forward to.
Once at the restaurant, I managed to edge away with what was the only available copy at the time and brief through the very interesting selections while taking in some of the valuable information it contained while Aliza busied returning a call to the Washington Post inquiring food related knowledge and a couple of quotes surrounding an upcoming article.
I will say I love this cookbook, and it may be one of my favorites of not only Aliza’s but amongst all of my cookbooks combined and you might rightly assume this would be many.
As the kitchen remodel resumed last week and assembly Directions for everything from putting in a new Dishwasher to my new Wolf Oven with the beautiful red knobs completely covered the construction style blanket lining my Kitchen Table, I’m telling you nothing compares to the shell shock of this experience a copy of The Soupmaker’s Kitchen then arrived by mail.
My excitement was dimmed only by the fact I was interrupted any number of times on detailed questions among the work men who as far as the re-do, I just want them out of my house, soon. Very Soon.
With the holiday weekend upon us, the Kitchen Guys inquired if they might finish up things the following week and the answer was a resounding yes.
I was genuinely pleased if only for a temporary break and restoration of sanity. Naturally, I just had to cook over the weekend and preparing two soups from Aliza’s book was quite restorative.
Yesterday, as part of a few prepared courses I made Billi Bi soup from the cookbook, which is a mussel soup based on a traditional dish from Brittany France.
All I can say is that the flavors of this soup are quite sensational and everyone just loved it. I plan to make it again when my next-door neighbor makes a return visit from the shore. The only adaptation I made was to add in little chunks of tiny red potatoes, cooked and cubed. I also used Lobster Stock as my quart stock called for which added in a whole other dimension of richness.
I will share a more formal overview of Aliza’s latest cookbook, The Soupmaker’s Kitchen in another Post.
I believe there is much you will want to know and it is definitely a worthwhile addition to any cookbook collection though one that will likely become splattered and dog-eared from heavy use.
For this Post however, as we finish out the last days remaining of the Kitchen Redo and getting back to normal I just had to share the luscious delight, Billi Bi Soup, enjoy.
The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green is available through Amazon