I am always looking for great resources for parents to use in serving with their children. What appeals to me are resources that encourage parents and children to work together on projects to serve others. Books are great because every time you walk past them, it reminds you of your goal – to serve others as a family and share your faith with those you serve. I don’t always pick the typical “ways to serve with kids” books, but look for books that are so beautiful and interesting they motivate both parents and children.
I was given an opportunity to review such a book recently, The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself by Courtney Allison et al. The book was originally designed for a group of four families who wanted to each make a pot of soup and share the results with the other three families in a soup club.
Because the recipes are large enough to feed four families, they make great natural recipes for serving others. You can make the soup ahead of time and freeze it to take to those needing food. Make a batch and take it to feed a large number of people in some sort of church or faith based program. The possibilities are endless.
The recipes range from child friendly chicken noodle soup to slightly more esoteric varieties like Red Lentil Curry soup. Your kids can help make the soup in a number of ways depending upon their ages and skills. You can also use your soup making times to teach your children important cooking skills.
The book also contains recipes for salads, vegetables, breads and other dishes which could be served with the soups. Those recipes also serve a large number of people. They even include recipes for snacks the cooks can eat while they are making the soup! Having cooked for large numbers of people in the past, I especially appreciated the authors for taking the time to give special tips needed when cooking for large numbers of people. They cover everything from the size pots you need to how to safely cool and store your food.
Whether you choose to create a soup club with other mothers and their kids as an outreach or make the batches and use them to serve others, this book could become a very valuable tool for your family. Your kids will love the pictures and the way the ingredients are separated clearly from the instructions, making it easier for young readers to gather the essentials mom needs.
I love this book and can’t wait to use it with my daughter and her friends this summer. Cooking service boot camp may just be in session soon!
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