In 2011, four friendly neighbors who, among them, have four spouses, 10 kids and jobs, realized that they could benefit from each others’ home cooking.
They simply had to make and share a bigger batch of something.
They decided on tasty, nutritious, filling, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make and transport soup. And the first soup club was born.
In the manner of holiday cookie swaps but once a month, they cooked and shared soup.
The idea was a success, and three years later they produced The Soup Club Cookbook: Feed Your Friends, Feed Your Family, Feed Yourself.
Once a month, each soup club member takes a turns cooking a big pot of soup, making enough to feed all four families. He or she then drops off the soup, along with garnishes and an optional salad or side, at the homes or workplaces of the three other members.
A GREAT IDEA
Share once a month and get the large part of a meal once a week? Sounds good to us! Several of us at THE NIBBLE enjoy soup for lunch, and a small container of quality takeout soup can cost $7.
The Soup Club Cookbook includes 150 recipes for soups and sides, and storing tips for stretching those meals across the week. It’s also a guidebook for starting your own soup club: the logistics, the essential tools and stories to caution and inspire.
Whether for family dinner or workplace lunch, give it a try. You can start by getting the book, available in paperback or Kindle.
Cconsider it as a gift for someone you’d like in your club (or who could benefit by starting a club).
A SOUP CLUB IS FOR EVERYONE!
Co-workers, gym buddies, book club members, school friends, neighbors—everyone from students to seniors—can participate.
All you need are four people who want more home-cooked food, and who like the same types of ingredients (vegetarians vs. omnivores, for example).
The idea isn’t to eat together, although that could be a pleasant by-product sometimes.
If you prefer to wing it, start here:
Find three other co-workers, friends or neighbors who are like-minded.
Have a starter meeting and pick a day of the week when soup will be delivered (the “soup day”).
Decide on a soup philosophy. Do you want hearty soups that can be light meals? Low calorie? A different theme every month (vegetable, international, etc.)?
Establish preferences. Spicy? No garlic? No gluten?
Do you want to include some kind of salad as well?
Need a whole meal? Consider adding a casserole, wings, etc.
 Start your own soup club (photo courtesy Clarkson Potter).  Miso vegetable soup, an interesting recipe from TheMuffinMyth.com.  Your club can choose to add a salad—green, bean, grain, pasta, etc.—or other side (photo courtesy EcoProductsStore.com).