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The Creamy Origins Of Tomato Soup
By Nick Johnson
Grilled cheese and tomato soup are, inarguably, one of the best-paired comfort meals in America. Tomato soup is a complex dish and has really only become widely enjoyed in recent history.
Until around the 1800s, tomatoes were avoided and considered poisonous in America, but several years before the Civil War, one woman began crafting tomato recipes. One of the first recipes for tomato soup was in Eliza Leslie’s 1857 book titled “Miss Leslie’s New Cookery Book.”
According to the Bethel Public Library, Maria Parloa, one of the people who invented the field of Home Economics, published a recipe for tomato chowder in her 1872 debut "The Appledore Cook Book." A few decades after the war had ended, in 1897, Campbell Soup Company released its initial line of condensed soups, one of which was tomato.