Judging a book by its cover

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When I went on my cookbook bender, I took a chance with Tonia George’s Soups.  It hit a cord by being an easy soup book, but what got me was the cover and all the gorgeous photography inside.  I didn’k know who the author was, and the recipes are in metric, even chancier.  So far, it has not disappointed.  In fact, everything I’ve made has been excellent from these elegantly written recipes.

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I made her Thai pork and rice soup from the stock of last week, more flavorful with the addition of ginger, fish sauce and sugar.  Effortless pork meatballs of cilantro, garlic, fish sauce and white pepper, are made even easier if you have a food processor.  Chinese cabbage and rice noodles complete the soup.  From now on, I’m basing my cookbook purchases on their covers.

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