Launch Party for Soup and Bread Cookbook at Hideout Tonight

Soup and Bread returns home.
Soup and Bread returns home. Photo: courtesy Martha Bayne

Like a recording star returning home to the hood, the Soup and Bread Cookbook returns to the place where it all began tonight. Martha Bayne, bored with an empty house in the dead of winter while bartending at The Hideout, started putting on soup potlucks and passing the hat for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A couple of years later, it’s now a book full of great soup recipes from chefs, fellow journalists, and whoever else Bayne felt like inviting to participate. And tonight the (new, improved) Soup and Bread Cookbook from Agate Publishing gets a release party at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), which starts for contributors only at 6 p.m., then opens its doors to the public at 7 p.m. Soup will be from the likes of Butcher & Larder, Longman & Eagle and Mana, while bread will be from La Farina. And as you might expect, a portion of the proceeds from book sales will again go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Julia Thiel at the Reader has more about what it’s all about.