Fall is my favorite time of the year because 1. The weather is perfect here in New Mexico and 2. I get to eat a lot of soups, stews, chowders, bisques and other variations of this one-pot meal. That's why I was so pleased to receive an advance copy of 300 Sensational Soups, by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds (Robert Rose, Inc., 2008). Not only are the color photos beautiful, the recipes themselves have enough chiles in them to satisfy the most ardent chilehead and for the other soups, well, you can always add chiles or hot sauces to them. Some of the recipes that caught my eye are Oaxacan Black Bean Soup, Easy Chipotle Chicken Soup, Cream of Roasted Poblano Soup, and Chorizo Chili Soup with Chile Cheddar Croutons. "Soup is not just another meal," the authors write. "It's comfort in a bowl, love on a spoon, satisfaction simmering on the stove." I couldn't agree more.