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I vaguely recall reading a humorous short story with a title like "A Letter From Ilya" about an alien creature who sneaks onto a human spaceship and describes what he finds to a friend.

One of the things the alien finds on the ship is soup, or maybe stew.

I thought it was funny fifty years ago and would love to see if it still is.

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    Can you add any more details? Anything at all? – Möoz May 10 '16 at 2:59
  • I think one of the things the alien found on the ship was soup, or maybe stew. I wish I could remember more. Sorry. – Andrew Cole May 10 '16 at 3:06
  • You might look over the titles containing the phrase "letter from" at ISFDB... only so many would be old enough to qualify. See isfdb.org/cgi-bin/… – Otis May 11 '16 at 20:19
  • I remember this too, I recall he lived the human beans music! Lol gear sorry, sure it was in a collection of short stories – user68605 Jul 8 '16 at 17:49
  • Looks like someone else is looking for the same story: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/179401/… – user14111 Jan 20 '18 at 6:19
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The title of the story is "Good-Bye, Ilha!" and it was written by Laurence Manning.

I finally found it, thanks to the Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition, by William G. Contento. It was published in the following:

  • Good-Bye, Ilha!, (ss) Beyond Human Ken, ed. Judith Merril, Random 1952

  • Beyond Human Ken, ed. Judith Merril, Grayson 1953

  • Selections from Beyond Human Ken, ed. Judith Merril, Pennant 1954

  • Giants Unleashed, ed. Groff Conklin, Grosset & Dunlap 1965

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