Culinary legend and best-selling cookbook author Bernard Clayton Jr. had his first bowl of Senate bean soup in 1940 as a guest of Oregon senator Charles L. McNary. At the time, Clayton was a brand-new LIFE magazine correspondent and McNary was running for vice president. "I don't recall even the gist of our conversation, but I do remember the bean soup—spoonful after spoonful," says Clayton, whose definitive cookbook The Complete Book of Soups and Stews (Simon & Schuster) recently hit bookstores in an updated version. … Back to Article
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