Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (ebook)

By Martha Bayne

“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

Inspired by the long-running Soup & Bread community meal series at Chicago's Hideout bar and music venue, the Soup & Bread Cookbook explores the historic and contemporary role of soup as a means of both drawing people together and helping them reach out to others. Each chapter frames a set of recipes from Soup & Bread participants—home cooks and professional chefs alike—with stories of soup swaps, soup kitchens, soup-driven art, and more. 

Launched at the Hideout in 2009, Soup & Bread draws together chefs, caterers, musicals, writers, artists, and home cooks to cook, serve, and eat soup in a common space. It's an easy, low-key way to get people out of the house and socializing in the dark of winter, and has spawned sister events across the country in Cleveland, Madison, Columbus, Lexington, Traverse City, and beyond. But it's also a tool to raise awareness of the social functions of soup, and to reach out to help those in need. Toward that end, over the past twelve years, almost $100,000 in pay-what-you-can donations at Soup & Bread events have been channeled to neighborhood food pantries and hunger relief agencies. 

This Parafine Press reissue of the 2011 Soup & Bread Cookbook features a new preface by author Martha Bayne.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Martha Bayne is the founder of Soup & Bread, and a senior editor with Belt Publishing. 

More praise for the Soup & Bread Cookbook:

“Beautifully written, generous and honest, the book looks at community building through lenses as various and diverse as the country has to offer. Bayne finds people of many kinds – immigrants, nuns, urban farmers, artists and activists – each using soup to bring people together and knit up what has become unraveled.” Tikkun

“The perfect gift for anyone who’s trying to survive a Chicago winter … the book contains almost 100 recipes that are designed to bring people together, feed the soul, and, yep, fill your belly.” —PopSugar

“[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.” Chicago Tribune

“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.” Chicago Reader

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