The Pleasures of Soup

We look forward to the time of year when we can fill one of our windows with soup books. While we are not so keen on the biting cold that has clenched much of the US this winter of 2018, we relish promoting soup.

Soup is food for everyone. It’s easy for cooks, forgives the lack of exactly the right ingredients, and can be more personally customized than any Spotify playlist.

We’re not the only ones who love soup. Below are some appreciations of soup from a roster of writers, some of them perceptive cooks and others merely astute observers of humanity.

“Between soup and love, the first is better”

—old Spanish adage

“What’s on the menu for tomorrow?” I ask.
“Celery root soup with bacon and green apple. And bean and Swiss chard.”
“Why don’t you ever do something normal, like chicken noodle?” Gretchen asks.
“If you want that, buy a can,” Tee says, stirring the creamy goodness in her speckled enamelware pot.

― Christa Parrish, Stones for Bread

“Anyone who tells a lie has not pure heart, and cannot make good soup.”

― Ludwig van Beethoven

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.”

― Moliere

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.”

― Abraham Maslow

“Whenever something went wrong when I was young – if I had a pimple or if my hair broke – my mom would say, ‘Sister mine, I’m going to make you some soup.’ And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger.”

― Maya Angelou

“Even with my wife, I find sharing soup is hard.”

― Wallace Shawn

“There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.”

― Laurie Colwin

“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.”

― Laurie Colwin

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.”

― Louis P. De Gouy

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