A HISTORY OF SOUP
Food historians tell us the history of soup is probably as old as the history of cooking. The act of combining various ingredients in a large pot to create a nutritious, filling, easily digested, simple to serve food it was inevitable this made it the perfect choice for sedentary and traveling cultures alike.
The modern restaurant industry is said to be based on soup. "Restoratifs" ( is where the word restaurant originated )and were the first items ever served in public restaurants in the 18th century in Paris. "Pocket soup" were carried by colonial travelers as it could be easily reconstituted with a little hot water. Soups have supplied the military, covered wagons, cowboy's chuckwagons, and the homestead all through the years of history.
The word soup goes back to an unrecorded post classical Latin verb suppare soak', which was borrowed from the same prehistoric German route sup as produced in English sup and supper. From it was derived the noun Suppa, which passed into the old French as "soupe". This meant a piece of bread soaked in a liquid or more commonly a broth poured onto bread, it was the latter strand of this meaning that entered the English language in the 17th century until it's final arrival at the term soup. It was customarily served with meat or vegetable dishes out of which it was made, it was then poured over sops of bread or toast.
Today in Germany soup is still traditionally served with a large piece or hunk of bread called "Brot", and that is how you will find us serving it to this day.