My boyfriend has dreams of cooking soups all winter, but his kitchen is pretty bare. Now I have this dream of giving him a christmas present of a well-stocked kitchen (for making soup). Stock in the freezer, whole spices, other commonly used soup ingredients. Of course, in my dreams, I've spent this week filling jars with awesome stock, but I ran out of time. (Besides, somehow my stocks always end up a little bit strange and bitter.) Here are my questions:
Question 1: I'm looking to buy some delicious soup stock or broth (vegetable, chicken, beef, bone broth, etc.) in Montreal, to fill his freezer and fridge. Any advice? Maybe a vendor at Jean Talon who sells simple broths?
Question 2: Any other ideas for stocking a kitchen so that it's the ideal place to make soups? Any awesome soup appliances, gorgeous soup utensils, great herbs or ingredients, etc.? I'll be buying everything in Montreal in the next two days.
Finally: any great soup cookbooks out there?