The Chicken Soup Julia Turshen Makes When She Wants to Feel Taken Care Of

May 15, 2017

We're asking writers, chefs, and many other people who we admire for the recipe they make when they're not feeling their best (interpret that expression as you will). We're starting with the cookbook author, recipe developer, and all-around inspiring leader, Julia Turshen.

When I feel not great about something or something just feels off, I make a pot of my Aunt Renee's Chicken Soup. It might not be the answer to world peace, but it is the fastest, most sure route I know to feeling taken care of and in touch with all of the great women who came before me. It's not just my favorite comfort food, it's my favorite food, period.

My dearly departed Aunt Renee, who was quite a character, was famous for many things (from her fake Louis Vuitton bags to her stories about working in the hair salon in the basement of her Brooklyn apartment building), but her chicken soup looms large. When she left us, I put an obituary in the New York Times that read simply, “I will take care of the soup.” Here it is. It is unequivocally my favorite food in the world.

It is unequivocally my favorite food in the world.

The small victory here is not just carrying on traditions, but also learning how to make a good chicken soup; because in doing so, you learn to make chicken stock—the backbone (no pun intended) for so many things in the kitchen. You can put a whole chicken directly in the pot, but I like to separate it so that the white meat is easy to retrieve early on and, also, the whole pot is easier to stir during cooking.

Excerpted—with supplements!—from Julia's book, Small Victories.

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1 Comment

hanne May 19, 2017
"Josher salt"? ;)