|Review: The Soup Peddler's Slow & Difficult Soups|
Mar 23rd, 2006
The Soup Peddler's Slow & Difficult Soups: Recipes And Reveries by David Ansel.
More food writing than cookbook, your level of enjoyment of the Soup Peddler's tales will probably hinge on your relationship with whimsy. You need to be able to look beyond the bits of stories that seem to be heading somewhere and then just don't in order to appreciate the sweetness and laid-back goofiness of this tale of a man who chucks a software development job in Austin, Texas to deliver homemade soup from a bicycle nicknamed Old Yellow. There are soup recipes sprinkled throughout, but they're not the book's hook. That would be the sense of place that comes through Ansell's quirky prose - an idiosyncratic, let your freak flag fly sort of place for sure.
As I've had some experience with these sorts of communities, it made me feel a bit nostalgic. Not for Bouldin Creek, the Austin neighborhood in which the book takes place and where I've never been, but for those places in my past where crazy, interesting, and slightly off people came together to create community. Too bad for us we didn't have our own Soup Peddler. We didn't know what we were missing.