Doodle and photos by Isadora Pennington.
Doodle and photos by Isadora Pennington.

By Isadora Pennington

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s time to revisit some of my favorite soups that help warm me up on chilly fall days. Cooking vegetables and meats in liquid or broth is one of the oldest forms of meal preparation in human history, with evidence of its existence dating back to around 20,000 BC. The term “soup” originated from the Latin term “suppa,” which means “bread soaked in broth.”

Though boiling water wasn’t always a part of making soup until clay pots and vessels were developed, as prior to that time most soups were eaten out of animal hides and baskets. Throughout history, the methods used to make soups, stews, and broths have provided much needed nourishment for people around the globe. In times of poverty, you can stretch your resources by rendering meats and vegetables into soups, and the list of variations to this classic dish is impossibly long.

Cultures across the globe have put their own spin on soup, and I count myself as fortunate to live in a town with so many delicious options and varieties to sample. Instead of choosing just one particular dish, this time I chose to order each of my favorite and very different soups for your viewing – and my tasting –pleasure. I hope you enjoy these dishes as much as I did!

souper-jennySouper Jenny
My Dad’s Turkey Chili – $4
1 West Court Square, Decatur or (404) 378-1500

bread-and-butterflyBread & Butterfly
Tomato Soup with Puff Pastry – $8
290 Elizabeth Street, Suite F or (678) 515-4536

harry-sonsHarry & Sons
Spicy Chicken Coconut Soup – $5
820 N. Highland Ave. or (404) 873-2009

la-fonda-latinaLaFonda Latina
Sopa de Pollo – $4.50
923 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE or (404) 607-0665

sobaSo Ba Vietnamese Restaurant
Pho Tai Chin Nam – $10
560 Gresham Ave. or (404) 627-9911

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.