Bush (memoir with selected recipes)

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

Landau...includes list of presidential executive chefs

In sum: a president's favorite meal is NOT always what's served in the White House.

FT Library owns 1902 & 1903 Zeimann & Gillette.

Frosting for Mary Todd's Courting Cake
Melted butter
Dark brown sugar
Milk
Powdered sugar
Black walnuts (optional)
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a heavy saucepan.

They are more robust with menus and presidential allusions.

Mary Todd's Vanilla Almond Cake
There are reports attributable to President Lincoln that this cake of his wife's was the best he ever ate...This delicious cake was the invention of Monsieur Giron, a Lexington [KY] caterer, who created it in honor of the visit to that city in 1825 of his fellow Frenchman, Lafayette.

Because this is a public place and meals are required to meet certain standards.

"George Washington's own eating habits were relatively simple.

Beat an egg and put over the stuffing; roll each slice tightly and tie with a thread; stick a few cloves in them, grate bread thickly over them after they are put in the skillet, with butter and onions chopped fine; when done lay them in a dish.

It also includes modernized recipes with history notes.

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[NOTE: This book does not reveal whether or not President Garfield liked this sandwich.] “Most days, Garfield was able to keep down a little bit of oatmeal.

A glass of wine and a bit on mutton are always welcome.

Leg of Veal
Grated bread
Butter
Onion
Salt and pepper
Eggs
Cloves
Here it is, in Julia Grant's own words: 'Slice as large pieces as you can get from a leg of veal; make a stuffing of grated bread, butter, a little onion, minced, salt, pepper, and spread over the slices.

or mince), custard (lemon, orange, almond), Cheese cakes & Snow.

He dutifully swallowed the koumiss, a drink made from fermented horse milk, that [Dr.] Bliss gave him nearly every day, but he strongly preferred cow’s milk.

One of our presidents served two non-concurrent terms.

He says that theconsulting doctors thought the appetite for the ill man might be tempted if he could have somesquirrel soup, of which he was very fond.

Presumably, his food preferences remained unchanged.

He had endured chronic dysentery during the Civil War and later battled dyspepsia Garfield carefully controlled his diet, even carrying with him to Congress a lunch that his doctors had prescribed—a sandwich of raw beef on stale bread.”
---, Candice Millard [Doubleday:New York] 2011 (p.

He preferred simple meals over fancy ones.

He always had one cup of coffee at breafkast time, one cupof tea for lunch...Delicate Cornmeal Battercakes...Long a favorite breakfast dish in the White House in the days of LucyHayes...Angel Cake was one of [Lucy's] favorite desserts...Both Rutherford and Lucy Webb Hayes had their roots in Ohio...Simplefricpes from 'back home' frequently found their was to the White House table...Winnie Monroe, the Hayes' cook, was another Ohioan, so it was natural for home-grown recipes to be repeated in Washington..."
---, Poppy Cannon and Patricia Brooks [Funk & Wagnalls:New York] 1968 (p.