The “all-purpose dish – nutritious, inexpensive, and infinitely variable,” soup is coming to Ferndale tomorrow night.

That is, soup by or for Martha Bayne, author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook, which recently came out by Surrey Books. I received an email invitation to write about this book, and attend a dinner that benefits those who need it, and so I felt that, in the spirit of my 40 things, this year devoted to helping others and making a difference in the world, I had to give some attention to a woman who has been hosting weekly soup & bread dinners in Chicago for the past 2+ years.

First, the nitty gritty – she’ll be here: Loving Touch pool hall- 22634 Woodward, Ferndale, MI, 48220; 248-546-6396 – tomorrow at 5:30 – with chefs, musicians, artists, activists and others contributing yummy soups to help raise money for hunger relief. In Chicago, Bayne has generated $15,000 from soup alone.

So here’s the unique element of tomorrow’s book-signing and soup-tasting. No cover charge, no fee. Pay what you want – which means, donate what you can. And all the proceeds from the soup-eating will go to Gleaners Community Food Bank.  Yes, you have to pay for the book.

Perhaps she chose soup because it is universally appealing and approachable. Anyone can make soup. Anyone can eat it. Soup is nourishing from your bones up. It’s an easy way to eat your veggies (bye bye obesity). And a pot of homemade soup feeds a lot of hungry people.

I tell my children we’re put on this Earth to make a difference and to make the world better. Here’s something easy – show up tomorrow, buy her book, donate to the hungry, eat a bowl of soup. I’ll be there, and I’m bringing my kids. Join me?

P.S. My favorite soup this fall is cauliflower soup – I make it with a whole head of cauliflower, sauteed in olive oil, with vegetable broth, carrots, celery, leeks, curry powder, turmeric, s&p, and whatever other veggies I can think to throw in there. Puree it to a beautiful yellow. Delish. And so easy.

P.P.S. Soup is a perfect food for the Yoga Cleanse I’m trying next month…

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