Cooking With the President

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Not literally, of course! but two new books give a peek into the cuisine that Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed. Abraham Lincoln , apparently, did actually cook and some of the food served in his time is explored in the book, “Abraham Lincoln In the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times”.Perhaps you have never asked yourself what kind of barbecue sauce could be served at a campaign event before there was paper ware but now, come to think of it, i ma curious to discover the answer!

Thomas Jefferson made a pact with his chef that he would be free after he learnt the intricacies of French cuisine and could prepare them for Jefferson! “Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and his Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America” describes their journey to France and the subsequent introduction of French cooking techniques in the President’s kitchen.

Nice reading for President’s Day!

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