This is the bible of Jewish cookery - lots of other things as well as chicken soup, naturally. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Jewish-Food-Odyssey-Samarkand/dp/0140466096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329828139&sr=8-1 In MM's defence (not that he needs it), whilst chicken soup is eaten throughout most of the world, Jewish cuisine is particularly known for it. It's not insulting to comment on it, as long as it's not mean in an insulting manner. Likewise, being Welsh, I'm used to the leek comments and sheep jokes (although these usually focus more on another life process, rather than eating!). I'm not bothered at all, as long as no-one gets nasty. It's good to be able to take a joke. The English are called "Les Rosbifs" by many French - again, no malice intended usually, in the same way as the French are jokingly accused of eating nothing but frogs's legs and snails and Germans supposedly subsist on sasuages and sauerkraut. No-one need be offended if it's not meant in a hurtful manner. Interestingly though - whilst we Brits claim fish and chips as our own, the dish is one that is not our own invention. It was indeed another Jewish one, one that gained popularity in the UK as the Jewish community established itself in the East End.