I have a few specific requirements for what I think makes up a good cookbook:
1.) Good recipes (duh!)
2.) A variety of recipes (even if they're in the same category)
3.) Vibrant photos of the food (Because how else will I be able to decide if I wanna make the dish? Haha!
4.) Helpful hints (for making the recipes, making a whole meal, etc.)
And lastly, there are plenty of helpful hints! There's a section at the beginning of the book called "How To Be A Soup Club." It explains how to start a soup club, who should be involved, how often you cook, and what types of pantry staples you'll need to keep on hand. Basically, you start with a group of 4, for example. You pick a "cooking day." Each week a different member makes enough soup for all the other members and delivers it to them. So, in a group of 4 people, you'd have to make a meal once every 4 weeks and deliver it to the 3 other members. And the other 3 weeks they would be bringing soup to you!
My absolute favorite "helpful hint" is the small section that accompanies each soup recipe. It tells you what to include "for delivery" to the other soup club members when you make the recipe and instructions on how "to serve" the soup. These ladies have really taken the guesswork out of starting a soup club. What a fun idea! And seriously, who wouldn't want to have someone deliver a meal to you 3 out of every 4 weeks!
I received a copy of this book, free of charge, from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.