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This isn’t your traditional noodle soup cookbook. It’s a mix-and-match guide to building the dish you want to eat.
First, you’ll choose your noodle. Next, pick your soup, whether it’s a broth from scratch or one that starts from a box or can. Finally, decide on the proteins, vegetables, and flourishes that will give your bowl color and character-the Oracle will show you the best way to prep nearly any topping you can dream up.
Within these pages, you’ll find tried-and-true flavor combinations and start-to-finish bowl recipes, but they’re here to entice and inspire, not constrain. Add to them, subtract from them, and shatter the boundaries between ramen, saimin, and pho.
Michele Humes is a writer and an artist. Her wide-ranging experience in the food world has included stints as a line cook, a food stylist, a culinary illustrator, a constructor of food-themed crosswords, and a journalist-her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and The Atlantic, among other places. She lives, cooks, and paints in Brooklyn, New York. The Noodle Soup Oracle is her first book.