red pepper soup as served at Chez Panisse

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

You may have heard that the other day Chez Panisse celebrated its fortieth birthday. I grew up just a few blocks from the famed Berkeley restaurant and my first memory … Read more

Carrot Soup Recipe from my Aunt Hilda

A few months ago I embarked on a mission I’d been thinking about tackling for years: writing my family history. I’d always been curious about exactly where my ancestors were … Read more

Truffled Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower appears, at first glance, to be the humblest of vegetables, too polite even to show off with a hint of color in its tightly bound florets. But a long … Read more

Addictive Pumpkin Soup

I was at a dinner party last night when the conversation turned to cigarette smoking. All the former smokers were commiserating about how it just got too darn inconvenient—and too … Read more