PAT SOLLEY'S EXALTATION OF SOUPS
SUPER SOUP SITES. Of the many thousands of food writers crowding the Internet, Pat Solley is probably the wittiest. And what she doesn't know about soup, the world's favorite winter food, just isn't worth knowing. Pat lives in Washington DC and is a world authority on soups. Her web site, Soupsong, discusses the subject in all its aspects -- soup jokes, news, songs, and literary references.That paragraph appeared in the April 2001 issue of this e-book, and remains just as true today.
Since then, more than a million viewers have enjoyed visiting Pat Solley's widely acclaimed website.
An Austin (Texas) Chronicle internet reviewer summed it up neatly:
Pat Solley's delightfully wacky (and always tres intellectual) Web site devoted to every single tiny nuance of soup ... a must see. Pat's articles are loaded with historical esoterica, and you never know where they will lead you next. Superb recipes, as well.In May 2002, a Washington Post staff writer, Candy Sagon, wrote an amusing story about Pat, under the heading Souper Woman - Mild-Mannered FBI Scribe by Day; Stockpot-Stirring, Recipe-Seeking, Soup Enthusiast by Night. That story, too, is well worth reading today.
The good news is that Pat has written a book, An Exaltation of Soups : The Soul-Satisfying Story of Soup, As Told in More Than 100 Recipes, which will become available on December 28 - too late for Christmas, but it would make a souper New Year gift.
Here's a preview, quoted on many booksellers' websites:
Throughout history and around the world, soup has been used to bring comfort, warmth, and good health. A bowl of soup can symbolize so much - celebrations, major life passages, and the everyday.
An Exaltation of Soups : The Soul-Satisfying Story of Soup, As Told in More Than 100 Recipes.
Cooking - History (CKB041000)
384 pages. Three Rivers Press 1-4000-5035-9
On sale December 28, 2004.