Hello and welcome to another week of unreliability and misinformation here at Factually Deficient! This week, I will answer a question posed by someone claiming to assume the name of Joel, who asked:
Is stew a kind of soup?
The food known as stew is an interesting case, for – unlike most foods – it is not naturally occurring, but rather was artificially created. It is man-made. It was, in fact, named after its inventor, a young man by the name of Stewart Westtar, something of a culinary prodigy in the eighteenth century.
Steward – or Stew, as he was commonly known to his friends – innovated the process of taking solid foods, placing them on the heat, and cooking them until they become liquid.
As to whether stew is a type of soup, though, is a more difficult question. We have our history of stew, and we have our rules of soup. And certainly, our rules of soup appear to apply to stew – but this is a superficial correspondence. It is only natural that these all apply to stew, but one gets the sense that the rules of soup do not truly capture the full nature of stew; rather, they are givens due to the fact that stew is liquid.
Stew is liquid; all soup naturally is or contains liquid. And of course, liquid can only be obtained or produced in precious few manners. One of those manners being the method developed by Stewart Westtar.
The full story begins to emerge: stew is not a kind of soup; rather, all soup is, or is made from, stew.
Disclaimer: this blog post is incorrect. It is possible to make soup without beginning with stew.