Soup of the Evening

Review by Debbie Mazo

Soup is one of the most versatile items on any menu. A hearty cup of New England chowder banishes the worst winter chills, while a cool bowl of avocado bisque makes a refreshing start to any summer meal. Although there's an endless variation of canned, packaged, and dehydrated soups on the market, anyone who can chop vegetables can make a satisfying soup in a small amount of time. Soup of the Evening can show you the way.

Devoted to the joys of soup, Soup of the Evening offers a lighthearted look at this timeless broth. To make it even more interesting, the site is full of literary references and historical insights. In Food Tales, visitors can check out quotations and interesting facts related to their favorite soup ingredient. For example, if your favorite soup is a Potage Parmentier, check out the Potatoes link in Food Tales. Here you'll find a Thomas Hardy quote on potatoes, as well as the history of potatoes from its place in the Irish diet to its surprisingly difficult spelling for a recent Vice President.

The site, organized by soup category, has a rich and tempting collection of soup recipes. In Soup as a Meal, you'll find bouillabaisse and borscht recipes while Occasional Soups includes soup recipes for special events such as an Italian wedding soup. If you're a vegetarian, Strictly Vegetable will open up your vegetable horizons with unique offerings such as Lime-Cucumber Soup with a Kick and Creamy Artichoke Soup with Lemony Mushrooms. There's also a selection of soup recipes using meat, seafood, and fowl as the main ingredient. To complete the site, there's even a recipe for Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls, "guaranteed to make you well" from an authentic Jewish grandmother.

Although notoriously taken for granted, soup touches the heart of us all. In the musical words of Ludwig van Beethoven, "Whoever tells a lie cannot be pure in heart--and only the pure in heart can make good soup."

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

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