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Beautiful Soup

"Beautiful soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop! Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening, Beautiful, beautiful Soup"

[Hear 12-year-old Michael Bannett perform Lewis Carroll's "The Mock Turtle's song"]
For centuries, soup has been the first resort of a special dinner and the last resort of weary providers with tired vegetables and hungry children. And it's a lot more than that. Thackeray has versified on it; Queequeg has rhapsodized about it; George Santayana has waxed downright Proustian for its sake. In these pages, dear readers, I would sing a song of soup to fill your bellies and satisfy your souls.

As for Soup of the Evening...Beautiful Soup itself,
it's by Pat Solley; illustrations by D. C. Bloom.
Copyright, Patricia G. Solley, 1997
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