It’s soup season once again. Our local hero, David Ansel, a.k.a. the Soup Peddler, has reinforced my love for him by dishing out my favorite soup in the first week: Bouktouf. It’s a pureed zucchini soup with all kinds of yumminess inside, but to me it’s reminiscent of soups my mom used to make (except that she didn’t puree them), and the recipe can be found in David’s new book, The Soup Peddler’s Slow and Difficult Soups: Recipes and Reveries.
At first I was saddened to find out that the Soup Peddler was expanding, and would no longer be delivering our soups by bicycle, that he would be offering main dishes and side dishes and bread and desserts, that he was purchasing refrigerated trucks to haul the soupy goodness out to his ever-growing clientele. But then he offered Bouktouf the first week. How could you not love him? And truth be told, the Bouktouf is just as good, if not better, than last year.
If any of you out there are Austinites, I highly recommend checking to see if you are in one of the soup delivery areas. Even if you’re not, you can always stop by his shop at the corner of South 1st and Mary streets to pick up your weekly order. We most likely won’t be ordering soup every single week, but I’m glad that he’s still out there, giving people like us locally-made foods to share with friends.