Soup Night Slapdashery: Cooking for Big Crowds Made Simple

(131 reviews)

Rebekah Merkle


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Do you want to cook for a large group of people but are overwhelmed by the prospect? Look no further! Make meals that are quick, classy, and easy to assemble.

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The need to feed a crowd is a fact of life for many Christian communities, but it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the American social scene. Google “feed a big group” and you’ll get cute entertainment magazines with suggestions for caviar and soufflés for six, or, on the other hand, a mass of gray casseroles requiring only hamburger, cream of mushroom, and crushed Fritos.

Where are the actually delicious recipes for an actually large group—whether for a regular Bible study or a home group or a school event—where you don’t have to multiply the recipe by 16?

That’s why Rebekah Merkle has put together these soup night recipes with the scaling, menu, tips, and taste-testing fine-tuned from years in her own home.

If you want to take hospitality seriously but aren’t sure how, this is the book for you. It’s packed with no-nonsense practical advice about grocery runs, best kitchen utensils, soup-night logistics, budget- and time-saving tips, and husband-approved soup recipes (with bread and cinnamon rolls to go with).

Soup Night Slapdashery provides the 16 recipes you need to start practicing hospitality for big crowds. (Yes, regular-batch-sized recipes are included as well.) The great news is this won’t take you a week of prep. With this handy cookbook, you can easily feed a crowd with just a few hours of work.

Rebekah Merkle has dabbled in a number of occupations ranging from running her own clothing label to designing fabrics to becoming a full-time high school humanities teacher (which is fitting, because she was a student in one of the founding classical Christian schools in the USA). Rebekah has written Eve in ExileClassical Me, Classical Theeand has edited the Brit Lit series for classical Christian schools. But by far her proudest accomplishment is her crew of five outrageous, hilarious, high-speed children, and her favorite role is that of wife to her similarly outrageous, hilarious, and high-speed husband Ben Merkle.

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AUTHOR: Rebekah Merkle

PAGE COUNT: 96 pages full color

SIZE: 6.08x9.08"

BINDING: Hardcover with Gold Spiral Binding

ISBN 10: 1954887221

ISBN-13: 9781954887220

PUB. DATE: October 26, 2021

Customer Reviews

Based on 131 reviews
Chloe Marshall

Soup Night Slapdashery: Cooking for Big Crowds Made Simple

Jacquilyn Loyd
Soup night slapdashery

This is a great book for large crowds! So much better than just making casseroles. I’ve already tried a few of the soups and they’re delicious! Definitely recipes you want to repeat!

Jill Anderson
Delicious & Doable

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I’ve only made the bread, honey butter and the White Chicken Chili, but it is a hit and I have made it multiple times. Everyone who tastes it wants the recipe. I ended up buying this cookbook for my daughter-in-law too. I’m looking forward to cool weather and more soup- I want to try the potato kale soup next! I’m happy to have this resource!

Sonya M
Good food, fun read

My husband gifted me Soup Night Slapdashery for Mother's Day and I love it! I found out about it from listening to Bekah and Rachel's podcast, What Have You (highly recommend that, as well!). Bekah writes like she speaks; conversational and hilarious.
We haven't tried all the recipes yet, but Coronation Chicken especially is a real hit. I brought it to a friend with a new baby and she asked for the recipe, so I ordered a copy for her. And then another friend asked for the cookie recipe, so I just ordered a copy for her as well.

Konnor Howard
Well written, and fun!

High quality book, that helps us do what we've already been doing: cooking for large crowds, or several meals at a time.

10/10, would recommend.

A Wonderful Help for Biblical Hospitality

This little book has been a great help for hosting large groups. My friends and I take turns hosing a bible study in our homes each week with 20-25 young people each week. It gets difficult doubling an tripling recipes and finding options that are tasty and somewhat affordable for a bunch of single 20-30 somethings to make each week.
Bekah's writing style is endearing and you truly feel like you're a part of the family. I loved reading the preface, and hearing how Soup Night started and how it has evolved over time. It was an encouragement for me, who is just getting started on my Big Hospitality journey. I highly recommend this cookbook to all my friends and family, the recipes are delicious, and the Kingdom minded perspective in the book has helped me to look at hospitality in an entirely new light.
All of Christ for All of Life.

Greg Linder
Great Stuff

I got this for my wife for mother's day. She had been talking about wanting to get it. So far, it's a hit. Solid recipes that are very enjoyable.