Roasted Eggplant and Lentil Soup with Cumin, Lime, Mint, and Basil

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By Jeremiah Tower

Published 2002

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If lentils were not the first vegetable man ever ate, they certainly were an early favorite. In 1967, when William Heinemann and Harvard University Press reprinted Athenaeus: The Deipnosophists in seven volumes, I plowed through four, and on the inside cover I listed what got my attention: “grilled sturgeon belly, scotch broth, pickled turnip, fresh cheese salad, underground refrigerators, sweet chickpeas, lentil soup with parsnips.” Since I love both lentils and parsnips, I tried th