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April 1, 2013

Recipe Review: Fix-It and Forget-It Vegetable Soups, Stews and Chilis by Phyllis Pellman Good

Fix It and Forget It Vegetarian Soups, Stews and Chilis

Today I’m reviewing a vegetarian cook book.


Fifty scrumptious and savory soup recipes for any season

These time-tested, easy-to-manage recipes for soups of all flavors have one thing in common: loads of healthy vegetables. Whether you’re looking for a hearty supper or a light weekday lunch, Fix-It and Forget-It Vegetarian Soups offers delicious choices to make in your slow cooker or on your stovetop, such as:

Vegan Chili·      Corn Chowder·      Homemade Vegetable Soup·      Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup

And much more!


As the title suggests, this book contains a collection of vegetarian recipes for soups, stews and chilis. The recipes are from home cooks and most of them are perfect to cook in a crockpot/slow cooker.

What I liked about this book:

1. The recipes give an indication of preparation and cooking times.

2. The ingredients were all things I’d find in my fridge or pantry.

3. As a New Zealander I often find American recipes use measurements that I need to convert. This book is easy to follow with no maths required. Measurements used are cups and spoons.

4. The recipes were appealing. I’d be happy to try most of them, and they weren’t overly complicated.

5. They’re mostly recipes that can be made ahead and are perfect for busy cooks.

6. It’s a vegetarian cook book!

What I didn’t like about this book:

1. The title suggests that there are soups, stews and chilli recipes. While this is true, the majority of the recipes are for soup with only about four chilli recipes and one or two stews.

2. Not every recipe has a photo to go with it. I think that most cooks like a photo so that they can compare their final dish with the one in the recipe book. At least that’s what I do when I’m cooking. I like to think that my dish turns out just like the one in the book.


This is a handy and inexpensive book to have in your cooking library. It would be a great gift for a busy parent or maybe a student who flats and doesn’t have much time to make nutritious dishes. It would also be excellent for a beginner cook since the instructions are clear and concise.

Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Fix-It and Forget-it Vegetable Soups, Stews and Chilis


  1. Mary Kirkland

    You’re right when looking at a recipe I like to see a photo too. That way I know what it’s supposed to look like when I’m done or if i’ve messed it up royally because it doesn’t look anything like the picture.

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL – sometimes my dish looks nothing like the one in the book!

  2. Ciara Knight

    I would be a little upset if I picked it up and there were only one or two stew recipes. I’ve found that in several books that have titles like that. Thanks for the review.

    • Shelley Munro

      Yes, I think they would have been better to have a book with just soup recipes.

  3. Sandra Cox

    Cool! I love good soups.

    • Shelley Munro

      Me too. This book does contain some excellent recipes, despite my comments :)

  4. Hart Johnson

    Oh, sounds good. I’m not normally much of a cook, but soups are an exception. And I like vegetarian ones–I am currently weight watcher-ing and anything that is ALL VEGGIES is like free food–really rounds out a salad or half a sandwich for lunch to make it much more satisfying.

    • Shelley Munro

      Good luck with the weight watchers’ program. Soups are excellent for those on a diet.