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Soup in the News

(Archive Dateline: August 2003)

Date Item
London Financial Times
Nigel Andrews reports on the new French animated film Belleville Rendezvous, which plants frogs in nearly every scene, including as frog soup, frog kebabs, and frog ice-lollies.
Irish Times
Ian O'Riordan reports on the upcoming World Championships in Paris, nothing that controversial Chinese coach Ma Junren continues to train his own athletes with a one-marathon-a-day regime complemented by the infamous turtle blood soup.
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia)
Tanya Files reports on eating places at the Australian Parliament, noting that Premier Steve Bracks vouches for the soups on Parliament's menu.
Telegraph Forum (Bucyrus, Ohio)
Mike Redelson reports on a suspicious package in Leesville, Ohio, feared to be a bomb. Sheriff Ronny Shawber described it as tomato soup with a pinch of Tabasco...possibly homemade.
The Press (Christchurch, NZ)
Panamanian cooks are attempting to break the Guiness Book of World Records for cooking the largest amount of soup at one time with a 9,706-litre pot of sancocho.
AP State & Regional
A mother in Cocoa, Florida, was charged with child abuse after keeping her 2 teenagers locked in their rooms and feeding them only liver soup and bread for days at a time.
Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Julia McBee reports that a local restaurant plans to commemorate Elvis' death on August 16 with an opening course of Vidalia onion soup with hambone dumplings.
AP Worldstream
Curt Anderson reports that the FBI has warned airport security agents to be on the lookout for soup can "safes" that terrorists might use to hide weapons and dangerous substances.
Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator
Suzanne Bourret reports on traditional Jamaican food customs, including soup on Saturday and rice and peas with meat on Sundays.
Business World (Philippines)
Edilberto Alegre reports on the traditional Filipino souip pakdol, made with the hind legs of carabao, carabao meat, lemon grass, leeks, ginger, and pechay.
The London Times
Oliver August reports on Chinese entrepreneur Chen Xiuhong who has build a huge foie gras industry in his village of Guangxi that produces 1,000 tons of it a year--so abundant that it is served in soup.
Obesity, Fitness, & Wellness Week
The Food and Brand Lab at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released stats on gender differences in "comfort foods," with preferences formed at an early age : men like big healthy main courses made by their moms, especially soup, potatoes, and pasta; women like snacks and sweets, especially chocolate, candy, and ice cream.
Alberto Lowe reports on a Panamanian soup pot built to cook 2,003 tons of soup on August 16th in an attempt to break the Guiness Book of World Record for cooking the largest amount of soup.