We dine very well in our home. But my husband, 74, still makes on occasion "war soup," and does it with reverence. Based on American GI's givng him a packet of hot dogs, a tin of margerine and a can of Campbell's vegetable soup. He slices the wieners evenly and browns them with a chopped onion, mixes in the soup -- then fills a bowl to the brim and smiles sweetly. He was a 13 year old boy who escaped a slave labor camp, and he says this was his first remembered best meal.
There's a cookbook written by women in a concentration camp as they wrote down their memorable family recipes. And another labor camp (male) memoir in which a page plus of food and meals is listed with tenderness and longing.Pepin's sardines which he still eats to this day summoned up this response. It's another excellent book.