Chicory Soup & Camino Photos Recipe

Camino in Oakland hosted a celebration dinner last week based on recipes included in Near & Far - I though I'd share some photos. Also, one of my favorite soups made the menu that night(!) and I've included the recipe here - a brothy, restorative barley soup with chicories punctuated with flecks of preserved lemon, a bit of chile confetti, and a silky dollop of creme fraiche.

Chicory Soup & Camino Photos

As you drive south on Oakland's Grand Avenue toward Lake Merritt, on the right hand side, you'll notice a beautiful exposed brick building. Its lines are symmetrical, and the roof is tiled with waves of red terra-cotta. There are beautiful wood beams framing street-side windows expansive from sidewalk skyward. Camino is a special restaurant owned by chef Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain. It's a place that tells you a lot about the two of them through a whole range of details - some loud, others more quiet. A wide open interior with long tables of family-style seating frames an open hearth where much of the cooking takes place. Camino is known for impeccably sourced ingredients made into meals prepared in open fire. It's also known for having great style - you see it in everything from the food, to the cooking vessels, to the custom crown chandeliers, and the arches of hand-cut paper masks on the walls when I walked in the other night. Russ and Allison hosted a dinner at Camino last week to celebrate the release of Near & Far. They do this sort of thing on occasion, where they host an author, and bring people together for a meal related to a (typically) newly released cookbook title. For an author, it's magic - to have a night where the Camino staff focuses on your recipes and cooking style, friends at every table.

Chicory Soup Recipe

So, I wanted to share a few things today. First, some photos from that evening. Second, a recipe for Chicory Soup. It is one of my favorite recipes from Near & Far, and it was one I was worried people might skip over. When I saw that Russ was going to do a version of it - so thrilled. It's a brothy, restorative barley soup with chicories punctuated with flecks of preserved lemon, a bit of chile confetti, and a silky dollop of creme fraiche. I could eat it everyday with no complaints. Russ sources and likes to cook with Anson Mill's whole farro piccolo, and did a version with that for the dinner. The flavor was so nice and pronounced. And you all know how much I like soba-yu (scroll forever)- whether you use barley or farro, this soup has some of that spirit woven in.

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xo to anyone who grabbed my camera and took photos that night while I was signing books. Mostly Wayne ;) Also, hop on the Camino mailing list to be notified of future dinners - they've hosted some of my favorite people in the past including David Lebovitz, Yotam Ottolenghi, Chad Robertson, Deborah Madison, and James Oseland. Next up for them is Hartwood with Eric Werner and Mya Henry.

Camino Restaurant
3917 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA

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Chicory Soup

7 tablespoons | 105 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving.
1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced.
2 cups | 8 oz | 225 g diced celery
Fine-grain sea salt
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs fresh thyme
7 cups | 1.65 L water
3 cups | 15 oz | 425 g cooked barley
1 large dried ancho chile
1 large clove garlic, smashed
1 small whole preserved lemon, rinsed, seeded, and minced.
3 cups | 4 oz | 115 g chicory, cut into 11/2-inch | 4cm pieces.
Crème fraîche, chopped cilantro, and/or chopped chives, to serve.

To a large pot over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the onion, celery, and 21/2 teaspoons of salt. Stir frequently for 5 to 10 minutes, until the onions and celery are soft but not browned. Add the bay, thyme, and water and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender. Stir in the cooked barley. Continue to simmer for an additional 10 to 20 minutes, until the starchy barley has slightly thickened the broth. Remove and discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Taste again for seasoning, adjusting if necessary.

While the soup is simmering, make a lemon-chile relish. Start by removing the stem, ribs, and seeds from the chile. Chop the chile into very small, irregular crumbles. You want bits that are not uniform, to lend a rustic quality to the final result. In a small pot over medium heat, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil, the chile crumbles, and garlic. Tilt the pan so that the oil pools, toasting the chile, but taking care not to burn the garlic. After about 5 minutes the chile should be somewhat softened and its flavor will have infused the oil. Remove the pan from the heat, smash up the garlic pieces, and stir in the preserved lemon.

To serve, toss the chicory with a small splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Ladle soup into individual bowls then top with the dressed chicory. Add small spoonfuls of lemon-ancho relish, dabs of crème fraîche, and lots of chopped cilantro and chives.

Serves 4-6.

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 35 minutes

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Sounds lovely! Where is the bowl from the first picture from?

HS: It’s a beautiful Colleen Hennessey bowl. We have them on on occasion.


This soup was very tasty. Cooked it 2 days in a row last week. Quite a unique and interesting combination of flavours. Will cook it again. Thanks.


Do you have any suggestions for a gluten-free substitute for the barley? The barley also thickens the broth slightly so I want to make sure I substitute the right ingredient. Would rice work?


As interesting as the soup sounds, I would like to know more about the green chickpeas.


Lovely post Heidi. Thanks for sharing with us!

Ingrid - Let's talk evergreen

It’s very understandable why this chicory soup is one of your favorites 🙂
Gorgeous photos of Camino Restaurant – it sure looks and sounds as wonderful as you described it. Love the ambiance!

Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday

I’ll be holding onto this for the next time the CSA gives me chicories!


also, forgot to mention I’m combing your site for side dishes. My husband and I are hosting book group next week and I need inspiration!

Karen Capucilli

I’ve been enjoying 101 Cookbooks for several months now and wanted to let you know it serves as my “me” time. I like to luxuriate in your stunning aesthetics and make your recipes which are fresh and delicious. Thank you for enhancing and elevating my day life!

Karen Capucilli

the chicory soup was my FAVORITE! it was soooo good. i could eat it everyday too. loved celebrating with you, and see you saturday!


Such a gorgeous restaurant and dish, wow! I’m sure the aromas while cooking this are incredible.

Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

I’ve never cooked with chicory before, but now I’m inspired. Sounds like it was a lovely evening!


oh Heidi, the way you described this place made me want to eat there soon but when I saw the pictures I wished to be and eat there immediately. I haven’t seen your book yet, we moved to spain last month and I didn’t have time to order it. I’ll do it now. Can’t wait to see it xx


That sounded like a really special evening. And this soup! Chicory is so easy to chop up and throw into salads so I love it’s equally easy role in this inventive soup.

Katie @ Whole Nourishment

Your shots are so elegant! Awesome soup recipe btw 🙂 Thanks for it. Pinned!

Rami @ Tasteaholics

so fun! Look at you shining, darling lady. I hope it was such a special night as are the rest of your events. That book is spectacular in every way and you deserve to be showered with praise. Soak it up! Good luck and enjoy! xo

sara forte

First of all, congrats on what looks like a really fun evening. But secondly, this soup! This is exactly the type of recipe why I keep coming back to your site so often (even though I am a subscriber) and why I keep on clicking the refresh button on Amazon (in the vain hope that your new book will be shipped sooner than initially indicated). While I love to think outside the box in terms of ingredients and flavours when I bake, I often don’t feel particularly inspired when it comes to savoury dishes, despite a well-stocked pantry and spice drawer. But recipes like these, that combine simple ingredients with pantry staples like preserved lemons and ancho chile while giving old-fashioned ingredients like barley a new breathe of life, are super inspiring, so thank you for that!


Congratulations, Heidi, on your beautiful book! So pleased to find it last week in my local bookstore in Sydney, Australia. Your wonderful work has spread around the world very quickly–truly near and far! Looking forward to cooking my way through it.


Your photos are absolutely stunning. I love your new book as well:)


I love how you make recipes that are simple but with such creative touches – like this soup. The ingredients list is short but just the lemon chile relish is such a nice component.

Sarah | Well and Full

The soup was sooooo delicious and the evening was truly magical. So wonderful to meet you and I can’t wait to try more of the recipes in the book.

HS: Thanks Reshma! Was great to meet you as well. xo -h


I am such a fan of herbs, as many as possible incorporated into everything, and I am a stranger to chicory! Can someone give a vivid description of its flavors and qualities? Thank you!


I just got my copy of Near and Far and the chicory soup is one I’ve flagged to make. I’m already in love with this cookbook, and all I’ve made so far is the Harira (which is AH-MAZING). The dinner at Camino looks like it was a riot. What else was served on the menu that night?


Could radicchio be used in place of chicory? I get the former in my CSA, never see the latter around…
Looks lovely.


Gorgeous as always!

gerry @ Foodness Gracious

This soup looks and sounds amazing and these pictures are all kinds of loveliness!


WHOA. This looks and sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!


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