Why soup? Soup entices the senses as it simmers, warm and fragrant. Served, it tastes sumptuous. And it is just as vivid in food value: vitamins in ample variety, proteins from grand grains to tasty meats, fiber from vegetables to fruits to nuts, everything.
The beauty of soup lies in the way it can introduce or anchor a meal. A small cup is an appetizer. Or a bowl can buttress a sandwich, a small platter of cheeses or nuts or fruit slices, a salad, a plate of rolls, a warm cottage loaf.