To the rest of the world, it's French Onion Soup. In France, it's soupe à l'oignon à la lyonnaise. But what are the origins of this legendary (and oh so delicious) dish? Like all great culinary classics, no single verifiable origin exists. Fortunately, this recipe has come down through the ages, and while it's not the only recipe, it is delicious.
French onion soup, with its cheap and common ingredients, originated with the Canuts. These laborers were the backbone of Lyons' famous silk industry, working up to 18 hours a day weaving and screening the silk that France's aristocracy so adored. Poor, the Canuts used their limited resources to concoct inexpensive dishes that would sustain them during the long working hours. I don't know about you all, but I appreciate the Canuts for their creativity and absolutely LOVE soupe à l'oignon à la lyonnaise.
C'est la vie.. (SAY LA VEE)