By Camilla V. Saulsbury
Cumberland House, 2008. Cloth $22.95.
"More than 135 Light, Healthy, Delicious, and Beautiful Soups in 60 Minutes or Less," announces the jacket of this recent volume in the "Enlightened Cooking Series." The emphasis is on low sodium, low fat made with healthful ingredients commonly available. New versions of culturally based and regional standards and easily prepared "un-common" combinations for 4-8 servings are in chapters including pureed and chunk vegetables, poultry, seafood, meat, legumes and grains. Each recipe has a page, designed for ease in gathering ingredients and following the steps, with calories, fat, protein, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrate per serving. Five quick indexes feature soups by total prep and cooking time, spring and summer specialties, vegetarian and vegan, low-calorie (175 calories or less) and low-fat (5 grams or less). The general index lists soups by name and ingredients. The introduction features "Top Ten Tips for Enlightened Soups" and a checklist for the soup pantry and kitchen. Saulsbury holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University with a specialization in food studies that includes physical fitness.