Soup as a meal is comfort food at its best, regardless of the season. In fact, 4 in 10 consumers eat soup as a meal at home at least once a week. Helping to boost the soup as a meal concept is the availability of ethnic flavours, vegetarian and healthy options and filling ingredients to make soups more substantial. And with busy mums looking for homemade meals to feed their families, soup is the perfect answer, since most any can be cooked and frozen, at the ready for any night of the week. The recipes in Fine Cooking Soups & Stews feature foolproof favourites and modern twists, from first-course soups with sophisticated flavours to can't-fail classics and no-meat options to hearty chillis and chowders. Home cooks will also learn tips and secrets from the pros, as well as shortcuts and prepping advice for make ahead options, so they can make soup any season and any night of the week.