'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series to launch food line
The creators of Chicken Soup for the Soul, the popular life improvement book series, is releasing a line of comfort foods in the US that will, of course, include the broken heart's penicillin: chicken soup.
Set to launch in 2013, the food range will debut with a line of seven soups, led by chicken soup with egg noodles and vegetables. Other soups to follow will include creamy tomato, mushroom barley, squash, sweet corn, chipotle and black bean, all packaged in homey mason jars.
The segway into the food industry is pitched on the premise of the feel-good series that features a collection of short stories, anecdotes and motivational essays meant to serve as a tonic for the downtrodden and broken-hearted.
By 2014, the entire food range will include more than 100 comfort foods like pot pies, casseroles and stews, in addition to gravies and broths to help shorten meal times.
With more than 100 million copies in print in 54 languages and 100 countries, the book series is also widely recognized outside the US where it originated in 1993.
It's not the first time books and food have intersected. In advance of director Peter Jackson's movie The Hobbit, for example, writers have been jotting down hobbit recipes into cookbooks. JRR Tolkien scholar Astrid Tuttle Winegar, for instance, is said to be releasing a book called A Hobbits's Cookbook: Eleventy-one Sweets, Snacks, And Savories Inspired by Middle-Earth, while California-based cookbook writer Georgeanne Brennan is also set to release The Unofficial Hobbit Cookbook in future.
Meanwhile, if you need a little pick-me-up, consider popping a few berries, chocolate or sipping on tea, which were recently found to have the same properties as anti-depressants.