What's the quickest way to get thrown out of a Publix supermarket? Is it a) to run naked through the aisles, b) to point and yell 'horsemeat!' at the deli counter or c) to query the manager about whether workers picking tomatoes are treated as well as she'd like. In my case, it was option c).
We used to think that "a calorie is a calorie" and all foods basically impacted our bodies the same way. We now know that's not true. In fact, there are some foods that are truly super -- they pack the biggest nutritional bang even in small portions and help fight diseases.
If you want to listen to a funny story about tomatoes and group of hungry hippos, Ernesto Sirolli tells a great one. The story is as colorful as its teller, but the moral is sobering: if you really want to help people, you have to just shut up and listen.
Sometimes when I go exploring for food tales, I discover stories that are just dying to be told but find themselves without a teller. An unmarked food cart, a cookie served in meeting, a fruit cocktail handed to you at a wedding.
This recipe is endlessly versatile. I like it rich with tomatoes, but you may also add cream or milk if you prefer a milder flavor. Fresh herbs such as thyme and basil will work well, both cooked into the soup and as a garnish.