Offers a wide variety of inventive soup and side pairings. It will inspire you to think beyond your favorite grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.
“If it’s true that people eat first with their eyes, then Soups + Sides serves up a banquet, as Shaw’s color-drenched photographs draw the eye to the recipes.”
– Joanna McQuillan Weeks, New Bedford Standard Times
"Cathy Walthers has done it again. Soups + Sides is a contemporary yet classic cookbook filled with recipes you will thoroughly enjoy and actually will prepare again — a rarity in today's cookbook market. It should join Greens, Glorious Greens and Raising the Salad Bar as "evergreen" books that will become as dog-eared as the old Joy of Cooking or Silver Palate did in decades past."
– Rachel Travers, food writer and contributor to The Boston Globe
"Martha's Vineyard chef Catherine Walthers is somewhat of a celebrity in my humble kitchen. I was first introduced to her recipes at a recent Public Radio Kitchen meet-up; I've been hooked and mesmerized ever since. Her first two cookbooks Greens Glorious Greens and Raising the Salad Bar bring fresh ideas to any cook (expert or fledgling, like myself) and you cannot imagine my excitement when her new cookbook Soups + Sides appeared on my desk."
– Jessica Alpert, Public Radio Kitchen
"In Soups + Sides, Ms. Shaw makes a puree of beet soup (I am not a beet fan) look like a bowl of liquid candy. Her color photographs are rip-out-of-the-book-and-frame-them delicious."
– Vineyard Gazette
"Walthers creates soups perfect for any season. Enjoy comforting hearty stews and chilis such as Red Lentil Soup paired with Chickpea Burgers and Yogurt Sauce or Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili with Cilantro Pesto and a side of Cornbread. As the weather warms up, turn to lighter, refreshing fare such as Spring Vegetable Soup with Mint Pesto alongside Goat Cheese Arugula Quesadillas or Thai Carrot Soup with Wild Watercress Spring Rolls. For the sultriest summer days, there's more than just gazpacho to cool you down — try Chilled Watermelon Soup with Skewered Herb Shrimp or Minted Honeydew Melon Soup with Lime Spice Cookies. Walther's pairings are both classic and contemporary, perfect for a simple weeknight meal yet elegant enough to impress company."
– from the cover of Soups + Sides