Soup's on! That should make everyone happy, because it's the ultimate comfort food, often healthfully light in calories and fat, and tastes delicious. And with 250 no-fuss recipes to choose from--all perfect for today's busy cook--there's something to tempt every palate. Some of the soups take just an hour or so to prepare; others are even ready in mere minutes. Create bisques, broths, and chowders, and prepare fruit soups (including a Classic Strawberry for summer); hot and chilled vegetarian varieties; and ones chock-full of beans, meat, poultry, or seafood. There's information on what to keep in your soup pantry and how to make basic stocks; definitions of “soup lingo”; and ideas for streamlining cooking.