Downton Abbey is back in the UK and will hit the US shores in early 2014, so it's a good time to consider the importance of the proper soup bowl. What is that, you say? You didn't know that there are seven different kinds of soup bowls, each one appropriate to a particular soup or occasion? Of course, this kind of fussiness is a very formal approach to eating soup. Most people these days have one kind of bowl for all their soup needs.