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Cookbook Wed Dec 08 2010

Giving Soup and Bread

Let's face it. We all have that foodie friend who has every kitchen gadget imaginable, every cookbook, every magazine, every trinket to make them the perfect chef de cuisine and yet, here you are, December 8th scratching your head unsure what vittles to give in two and a half weeks.

Soup and Bread, the Hideout's Wednesday night free soup dinner, has the perfect gift for you: Soupscriptions. From January to November 2011, you'll receive 5 drool-worthy soup recipes culled from S&B's favorites--and one bread recipe to accompany--delivered straight to your mailbox. Your real mailbox. Every cook needs an old fashioned box o' recipes and this $60 Soupscription is a great start.recipecards.jpg
Recipes come from some of Chicago's finest chefs and amateur enthusiasts whose soups have become fast favorites at the Hideout. Current recipes include:
City Provisions's Cream of Mushroom with Leeks and Pancetta
Sheila's mom's Shrimp and Red Pepper Bisque
Irish-style Sheep Stew from Mint Creek Farm
Slovak Mushroom-Sauerkraut Soup from Chicago Reader food writer Mike Sula
Spinach and Rice Soup from Bloodshot Records' CEO Rob Miller
Black-Eyed Pea, Kale, and Chorizo Soup from novelist Terri Griffith
vegan Red Pepper Soup from friends at Swim Cafe
...and our own West African Sweet Potato and Peanut soup!

Are you drooling yet? I can feel that Chicago winter just melting away...

Top the whole thing off with a hand crafted recipe box from re-purposed wine crates made by a local cabinet maker and friend of S&B, Devon Bergman. They're $75 each and at the Hideout Holiday Sale on Tuesday Dec 14 and 21 or afterward by emailing soupscriptions [at] gmail [dot] com directly. In fact, at that Hideout Holiday Sale, Soupscriptions will be only $50!chickchampagnebox1.jpg
And the last thing you get? Good karma. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all of this stuff goes to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Happy soup-shopping.

For more info about the good folks at Soup and Bread, check here.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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