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Soup in the News

(Archive Dateline: November 2003)

Date Item
Entertainment Weekly
Author Larry McMurtry claims that opening a can of soup is the extent of his cooking skills.
The Advertiser
Nick Lenaghan reports that allied soldiers in Baghdad use "Artane soup"--benzhexol mixed with coca cola--to bolster their aggression.
Africa News
Nigeria's Queen's Counsel Fidelis Odita is profiled, including his student-day habit of simultaneously smoking a cigarette, drinking beer or stout, and eating pepper every day at the Black Market in Lagos.
Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News
Linda Weiford reports on soup for winter, extensively citing soupsong.com information and recipes.
Die Presse
Austrian Friederike Leibl advises Nigella Lawson, cook for Prime Minister Tony Blair's lunch with President and Mrs. Bush, to serve her "soup for happiness" (pumpkin soup with lots of cream) since no one can be really happy about Bush's visit.
The Hill
Albert Eisele reports on the Senate catfight over Bush's federal judgeship nominations, noting that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) countered Senator Charles Schumer's (D-NY) claim that Sessions had earlier blocked Clinton nominees by saying: "The Senator from New York is such a fine speaker that he could, as we say down in Alabama, make soup out of slop."
Associated Press State & Local Wire
Four women are suing a restaurant in Irvine, California, after one claims she found a condom in her clam chowder.
London Guardian
Iraqi lawyer Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief recalls his hair-raising dash to U.S. Marines to advise them that Army Private Jessica Lynch was hospitalized in Saddam Hospital--they fed him chicken soup and orange juice.
London Independent
Paraguay's soccer fullback Francisco Arce says that his local fish soup will help him regain strength after a 35-hour trip back home to meet Ecuador in the World Cup Qualifier.
South China Morning Post
Mary Ann Benitez reports on Chinese doctors reporting that qing fei jiy du tang, an herbal soup "for clearing the lungs" was as or more effective in treating the SARs virus as western antiviral medicines.
Washington Post
A retired nurse in Hobart, Illinois, has been charged with murdering her husband by lacing his soup with insulin (and injecting him with more as he slept), then putting him out in the garage while she handed out Halloween candy and got her hair done.
Associated Press Worldstream
Katarina Kratovoc reports from Iraq that Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller celebrated his country's 85th Independence Day by visiting troops at Camp Babylon and eating traditional Polish soup with them.
Denver Post
Ellen Sweets quotes extensively from soupsong.com in her article "Planet Soup," but doesn't credit the site except to post one of its soups at the end.
New York Times
Lawrence Van Gelder reports on the awarding of the French Renaudot prize for best nonfiction to Yves Berger and his Dictionnaire Amoureux de l'Amerique. Calling it "Love Song to America," Berger said, "I lived through the German occupation. Freedom could only have come from America at the time. ...Anti-Americanism is a national shame. America has never forced its soup upon us; we eat it because we no longer possess the spirit of Gaullist resistance."
The Express
Julia Llewellyn Smith reports on the death of a real-life James Bond, one John Colvin, spy and diplomat who was affectionately known as the "Screaming Skull" because of his long bony face. He is recalled, among other things, for being posted in 1971 as Ambassador to Mongolia, where he enjoyed countless official dinners of mutton soup, cold mutton, and suet dumplings stuffed with mutton and mutton gravy.
International Herald Tribune
Richard Berstein reports on German food icon Wolfram Siebeck (aka "Mr. Food") who has written, among other things, Lady Chatterley's Foot and I Didn't Order the Hair in my Soup.
Associated Press State and Local Wire
Steve Allie, director of the Frontier Army Museum, glossed the week's celebration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial by saying, "The Army at that time (1839-1851) believed in cooking in buckets, called camp kettles. Rations were bread and soup, twice a day."