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Cookbook author Anna Thomas on the power of soup (plus a recipe for roasted kabocha soup)

October 13, 2009 |  6:28 pm

"I've been really thinking about this a lot. Soup is the portal to home cooking," says Anna Thomas, author of the "Love Soup" cookbook. "You cannot make too terrible a mistake with soup. Don't we want to know how to take care of ourselves a little?"

Though she's hardly a familiar name today, Thomas is the one who in the early 1970s lured many a hungry idealist rebelling against a meat-and-potatoes childhood into the kitchen with "The Vegetarian Epicure," a seminal book that came out of nowhere to sell more than 1 million copies.

More than 30 years later, she has another new cookbook, "Love Soup," a collection of 100 soups and dishes to eat with them, that she hopes will lure a new generation into the kitchen in much the same way her first book did. Like so many cooks, she worries that people are losing touch with an essential skill and is determined to do her part to halt the decline. 

Click here to read more and to get the recipe for Thomas' roasted kabocha squash and celery root soup with maple syrup and brown butter. 

Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times