“There were years when I would be driving kids from one thing to another from 3 in the afternoon until well into the evening,” Mrs. Wallace recalled. “On those nights, it was always wonderful to come home to a pot of soup. It was quick, affordable, delicious, and it was an easy way to get everyone to sit together for a meal.”
Her soup suppers accomplished what other quick meals could not: Getting the family to sit down. “It’s hard to eat soup on the run,” she explained.
Looking at the family photos nestled between soup recipes in her book, it’s clear this family blended together well, like pumpkin-pear soup or “buffalo” chili.
Mrs. Wallace‘s recipes for butternut squash puree (served with blue-cheese popovers), pasta-and-chickpea soup, and old-fashioned tomato soup with maple-candied bacon would beckon any family to the table, to be sure. (Mine is looking forward to hot and sour soup that doesn’t come in a takeout container.)
But this cookbook is more than just a catalog of hearty and healthy soup recipes. It’s also a call to action — a game plan to improve our families by remembering that we must feed not only our bodies, but also the relationships that comprise the most vital building blocks in our national foundation: Our families.