When we look at chicken soup through the lens of personal versus impersonal, we find that it is almost as personal as possible. Chicken soup is most definitely an endo-cuisine, served almost exclusively to family members in the context of the home. In fact, it emphasizes the contrast between home and metropolis because it is served most often in cases where the eater is incapable of interacting with the wider world because of illness. It is also often served in cups to people in bed, as opposed to in bowls at the table. Once again, this marks the sharp distinction between kin and non-kin.
Chicken Soup, the Jewish Prozac
Mirah Curzer

The “personality” of chicken soup really is something.

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