Cook the Book: 'The Best Soups in the World'

20100125thebestsoupsintheworld.jpgThe gray days at the end of January are about when the winter blues start kicking in. Chances are the lack of daylight and chilly weather have you longing for something warm and comforting: a mug of cocoa, cozy blanket, a SADlight (in extreme cases), or just a steaming bowl of soup.

For many folks, soup is the ultimate comfort food. Whether it's your grandmother's chicken noodle, cream of tomato right out of the can, or a slurpworthy bowl of ramen, soup will always warm you up and leave you feeling better.

It takes a serious soup lover to put together a book entirely devoted to the best soups in the world. Clifford A. Wright is just that fanatical about the subject and has just released a comprehensive new cookbook entitled (what else?) The Best Soups in the World.

What really sets The Best Soups in the World apart from other single-subject cookbooks is Wright's global perspective. The book is filled with recipes culled from places where other cookbook authors rarely venture. When was the last time you stumbled upon a recipe from Belarus, Nepal, or Tunisia? These are all places with vibrant food cultures that are rarely, if ever, explored. Wright has taken it upon himself to delve into cuisines both familiar and foreign and find their tastiest broths, bisques, chowders, purées and everything in between.

Get those bowls and spoons ready because everyday this week we are going to explore international soup recipes from The Best Soups in the World. If you've ever thought about making steaming bowls of phở at home you're in luck—we are going to tell you just how to do it.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. We will be making big batches of soups from all over the world, including Slovak Sauerkraut Soup, Mexican Black Bean Soup and even a few regional American warmers. How about a cup of Maryland Crab Soup?

Win 'The Best Soups in the World'

Thanks to the generosity of the folks over at Wiley, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Best Soups in the World this week. All you have to do is tell us about the best bowl of soup you've ever had in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, February 1 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.