This is a lovely spring soup with a beautiful color and sheen and a perfectly balanced flavor. Neither the asparagus nor the crab meat overpower each other. Note that the authors of the "Silver Palate Cookbook" say the best way to puree asparagus is with a food mill which gets out all the fibrous tissue. Nevertheless, a blender or food processor will work if you strain the soup afterward. This is a luxurious menu choice for a luncheon or a dinner appetizer. Consider it for Easter, too. The recipe was originally posted on the TOH website both by Cathy and by Janie. It was taken from a cookbook called "The Soup Bible."