Soup du Jour: A Recipe Zine of Soup

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Zine, Bbtorchia, Dart­gar­ley, IG @dart.gar­ley, ba­nana_­phone17@hot­mail.com, pub­lished by Rot­ten Va­ri­ety

It’s too bad this review won’t hit the press this win­ter — is there any­thing

bet­ter for the cold months than soup? I as­sume that’s the sen­ti­ment held by the duo behind this short cookzine, Bbtorchia and Dart­gar­ley, who pro­vide ten recipes. More slick than Soy Not Oi!, the scrappy cookzine of yes­ter­year, Soup de Jour is a full-colour and il­lus­trated ef­fort and, with the ex­cep­tion of one recipe that is de­scribed us­ing a screen cap­ture of an IM chat, ad­heres to a fairly stan­dard recipe for­mat.

De­spite our au­thors’ un­usual names, these recipes lean to­ward the WASPY or Euro­pean palate in­clud­ing Grandma’s Corn Chow­der, tomato soup, French onion soup, and borsch. While the culi­nary choices them­selves may not be very ad­ven­tur­ous, the zine is well ex­e­cuted with funky draw­ings and stylish col­lages giv­ing each soup a per­son­al­ity. And there are puns! Sourkraut rock! Reece WITHER­SPOON!

All in all this is a fairly well put to­gether col­lec­tion. Vege­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans be­ware; only about half of these soups will jive with your diet. And fi­nally, I found the start of this zine abrupt. You open it up and boom! Soup. I would have liked to see is some kind of in­tro­duc­tion where the au­thors ex­plain how they came to choose these par­tic­u­lar soups or why this project is im­por­tant to them. I rate this four out of five crou­tons. (Chris Landry)

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