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Fine line or blurry line?[edit]

From the article:

The line between stew and soup is a fine one, but generally a stew's ingredients are cut in larger pieces, and a stew is more likely to be eaten as a main course than as a starter.

Is "blurry" meant here, rather than "fine"? They're not what I'd call synonyms. --Ihope127 19:08, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

A "fine line" indicates difficulty in defining a definite boundary Got Lag? 13:35, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

"Particularly potatoes and beans"[edit]

In the USA maybe (and even then specifically the Midwest?). Nowhere else. In fact, most European casseroles and stews don't use green beans (and the only soup that does is Minestrone where it isn't important what the ingredients really are) and many require potatoes be served separately - if at all - as they can cause the broth to off quicker if included. I would have thought onion, carrot and celery be a more common component. Plutonium27 12:29, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

Those would be dried beans, not green beans. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:1C2:101:4A50:1913:70DA:3544:2157 (talk) 03:01, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Fruits vs. vegetables[edit]

The article makes the differentiation, then lists beans as vegetables and tomatoes as fruits. If one is a fruit, so is the other. See Fruit. CarlFink 20:43, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

Merging Stewing into this article[edit]

I think this merge is a great idea. It seems obviously necessary. Let's merge Stewing into this article. -- Lilwik (talk) 01:21, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

Ok, that's four in favor and no arguments against. If nobody objects by the weekend, I'll do the merge. FiveRings (talk) 03:12, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

"Stew" - other definitions[edit]

Odd that there's no disambiguation page for "Stew" - sometimes "stewe" - as it can also mean (archaically meant) a tavern, an bathhouse or sometimes even a brothel. Try here: and note the usage of the word. Or here: / where it is also referenced.
There are even books, e.g. - Bernard Mandeville's " "A Modest Defence of Publick Stews": Prostitution and Its Discontents in Early Georgian England" ( ) where the concept of a "public stew" is covered. The "stew" is mentioned in "Measure for Measure" ( for those Wikipedians that only believe something exists if it's mentioned here), and this is discussed here: , where there's even some kind of dictionary definition: Stew 1. A heated room used for hot air or vapour baths: hence, a hot bath. A brothel (Developed from sense 1, on account of the frequent use of the public hot baths for immoral purposes.) Hist. late ME (sing. and pl.) A bawd or prostitute - 1650. [Shorter OED].

This other definition of "stew" is, surprise surprise, not here > either. I guess it's not really that odd that this is not mentioned in Wikipedia, as it is often so unreliable (and has such a heavy American bias) round here that often the only response I can muster to the site is general hilarity. Cheers!

Forgot to "sign" the above. Here's your tildes (talk) 23:20, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Not sure if this is the right place to put this but shouldn;t other food types be included in this list, such as many types of curry and bolognaise sauce?Gav Newman (talk) 10:55, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

All the above is european Crap. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:13, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Merge with Yahni[edit]

I disagree with this merge - Yahni is clearly a type of stew, and should therefore be in the list of stews (I will add it), but I see no reason for merging, any more than for merging the other particular stews in the list. There has been no comment on the merge in over nine months, so I am removing the tags. Robina Fox (talk) 02:16, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

Table format[edit]

I am thinking about putting the "List of stews" section into into table format, either here, or at a {{main}} list article, consistent with List of breads, List of pies, tarts and flans, List of cakes, List of puddings, List of cookies, and List of sandwiches.

  • Disadvantages: Big, stupid, ugly table.
  • Advantages: Nice sortability. Images abound!

What do you think?

See also:List of soups#Table format

Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:57, 7 February 2012 (UTC)


Editor Welshwind suggested (and performed) a merger of the articles Stew and Tripe soups. To make discussion possible about this proposed merger, I have reverted the edits there and mention the proposal here. To be true, I am not convinced that the two are similar, so some discussion would be appreciated. The Banner talk 00:34, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Withdraw, as original proposer turned out to be a sockpuppeteer. The Banner talk 02:10, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

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