Soup and Bread

Soup & Bread Cookbook


Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate, 2011)  is a collection of more than 100 recipes drawn from Soup & Bread events at the Hideout and elsewhere, paired with stories of the myriad ways soup can be used to bring people together.

Begun in 2009 by author Martha Bayne, and now staged each winter with the assistance of designer Sheila Sachs and a crew of other helping hands, the Soup & Bread series at Chicago’s Hideout features recipes from well-known Chicago chefs as well as a range of nonprofessional soup enthusiasts. Guests are encouraged to leave a donation, and all proceeds benefit neighborhood food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. The recipes in the Soup & Bread Cookbook are all culled from Soup & Bread, resulting in a collection that is diverse in scope but uniformly delicious, showcasing how people all over the U.S. use soup to further social outreach, foster community, and help others. Want a taste? Go here to read an excerpt.

Here’s what others have said:

“[Soup & Bread] has grown to a weekly event feeding hundreds of people and raising thousands of dollars to fight hunger…In her new book, Bayne shares the recipes that have warmed those many souls.” —Joe Gray, Chicago Tribune

“A book like this makes me think that really, I could live a lovely and fulfilling life and eat only soup.” —Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago

“Martha Bayne’s new book is a reflection on the cultural importance of soup as much as a cookbook…The book reflects the almost palpable enthusiasm for soup that can be felt at the [Soup & Bread] events.” —Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader

“Soup & Bread has been a Chicago institution since it took over wintery Wednesday nights at The Hideout…Now, the event’s organizer Martha Bayne has commemorated the event’s success with the new Soup & Bread Cookbook, a guide to some of the night’s biggest culinary successes. Featuring contributions from Stephanie Izard, “Hot” Doug Sohn, and Paul Kahan, the book brings together a charming array of soup facts, recipes, and images that make readers just long for cold nights with a bowl of something starchy and pureed.” —The A.V. Club

“Stunning to read or just stare at for hours.” —Chuck Sudo, The Chicagoist

“One of the most thought-provoking (and appetizing!) books I’ve picked up in a long time.” —Tamar Fleishman, Baltimore Examiner

“There are oodles of recipes — nine chilis alone — but Bayne has added a narrative full of history and stories about soup…the book is a handsome package.” —Rebecca Lomax, Chicago Journal

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Soup & Bread Cookbook are donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The Soup & Bread Cookbook is available online from Agate, Powells, and that Brazilian river, at independent retailers nationwide, and direct from us by sending $20 via PayPal at the link above. Include shipping instructions and we’ll send you a signed book and a special treat.