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The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking: A Year of Our Soups (Compass) [Paperback]

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Pages   992
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.56" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
ISBN  014219610X  
EAN  9780142196106  
UPC  051488018001  

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Soup is one of the staple foods in a Jesuit community, and there is almost always a pot simmering on the stove. Brother Rick Curry has been a Jesuit for more than forty years. He has traveled the world, lived in many different communities, and prepared many, many pots of soup. This collection includes recipes for sixty of the most popular-everything from the exotic Roasted Red Pepper Soup to the classic Minestrone Milanese to the hearty Corn Chowder. But Brother Curry writes about a lot more than soup. He includes stories to savor about his life in the community of Jesuits: The people he's met; the meals he's enjoyed; and the daily practices of patience, reverence, humility, and care that go into making a good soup and a good life.

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Christians have lived in India since the early centuries of this era. In South India they believe their ancestors received the Gospel from the apostle Thomas. After that, the arrival of Christianity was sporadic, helped first by merchants and priests from the Middle East and from the fifteenth century by European merchants and missionaries who settled in India. The faith that took root was strongly influenced by local organizations and cultures; thus the Christians in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa are almost as different from each other as they are from their Hindu and Muslim counterparts, the tribal Christians of central and north-eastern India, and Dalit Christians all over the country. Written by two of the country's foremost theologians, Christianity in India traces the fascinating history of each of these communities, and describes the role of Christians in education, social services, multilingual publishing and the freedom struggle. The authors explain to non-Christians the tenets and rituals that bind the faithful, whether Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox, and examine the controversial issues of caste within Christianity and conversions from other faiths.
Along the way, we meet interesting personalities in the annals of Indian Christendom, such as Emperor Akbar, who essentially founded the North Indian Christian mission, and Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, the swadeshi Catholic who helped Tagore found Santiniketan.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brother Rick Curry, S.J., author of The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking, is the founder and artistic director of the National Theater Workshop for the Handicapped. He is also an actor, a teacher, and a master breadmaker.

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Must have cook book  May 13, 2008
Even marginal cooks can enjoy this cook book. There are so many hearty, wholesome soups as well as some soups for a lighter diet. There are tips on buying and picking fresh, organic ingredients. The instructions are simple and easy to follow. It has some lovely personal stories between recipes. It really is a wonderful book.
Good Soups Great Stories  Aug 13, 2006
"There is something so comforting about soup. It touches something deeply rooted in our lives." p. 5 This book is a journey around the work and through the year.

The soups are divided into church seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. It is filled with interesting stories and antidotes from Curry's travels and from Jesuit history and lore.

The recipes are great and the tales make them nourishing for the soul as well as the body. With soups from around the world and tales of travels, life loss and joy, the book will be a pleasure to read. Savor the words of wisdom as you enjoy the soups.

Rick Curry entered the Society of Jesus in 1961. In the last forty years he has been an actor, baker, teacher and author. He founded the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, a nonprofit acting school for persons with disabilities. With both a asters and doctorate in arts he has created the first residential center for arts for persons with disabilities.
The stories and philosophizing are better than the recipes.  Mar 4, 2003
This works better as a "memoir of soup making" rather than a book of soup recipes. Mr. Curry has an engaging and stimulating writing style and many of the stories that surround the recipes are quite delightful. The recipes themselves leave a lot to be desired. A lot of the ingredients I've never heard of and a lot of the soups are designed to be made by someone with unlimited time and patience available-not the norm in the typical American household. Some of these concoctions seem to have been designed to be exotic merely for the sake of being exotic, not because they provide superior soups. Of those recipes that seemed doable on our schedule with what we normally have at hand for our routine cooking, all were fine but none exceptional or particularly noteworthy.

If offbeat soup making is your life, then this might be a good choice. For most people, I'd say look for it on a friend/acquaintance's bookshelf and read it for the stories.

Better books out there  Jan 8, 2003
I was very disappointed at the quality of the recipes in this book. One recipe actually used boullion cubes for the stock!! From the tilte of the book I would think that each of these soups would be a "labor of love". None are very inspiring. I will probably never open this book again. I suggest the Willams Sonoma "Soup" highly over this.
The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking is a gem!  Dec 8, 2002
If you're looking for the ultimate gift cookbook, I can't think of a better choice than The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking. This book is beautifully written, and engages the reader's heart and soul unlike any other cookbook I've ever encountered. The recipes are SUPERB, and there is a year's worth of variety in this compact volume.

I've loaned The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking more times than I can count, and everyone who's borrowed it ended up buying their own copy. That's the highest praise I can lend this wonderful book!


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