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Capitol Hill Cooks: Recipes from the White House, Congress, and All of the Past Presidents Hardcover – August 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589795504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589795501
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ask not what your country can do for you but what your leaders can cook for you. (Mark Russell, political satirist, columnist and author)

You can eat your way across America and never leave the kitchen. (Judge William H. Webster and Lynda Webster, former Director of CIA and FBI and his wife)

...melds her love of food politics and a fine cause to help our troops to make interesting reading and tasteful eating. (Carr Purser Jr., Food and Finance Expert)

Linda Bauer consistently penetrates to the core of a worthy cause and diligently endeavors to make this world a better place. (Barbara Udell, Ph.D., lecturer, author and TV personality)

The blessings and bounty of America are highlighted within Capitol Hill Cooks. Food enthusiasts will revel in helping our troops. (Alex and Jean Trebek, host of Jeopardy! and his wife)

Here’s to good manners and delicious food, all the more enjoyable when shared with good friends! (Peggy Post, etiquette expert and author)

Fantastic food and a way to put the boogie back in your step. (The World Famous Platters, Eddie Stovall, Mose Stovall, Lawrence "Rooster" Lockhart, Yolanda Branch Fletcher, Willie McCall and Andre Shepard)

Linda Bauer's cookbook series are national treasures. Her exquisite selection of recipes and presentation and her charitable donations of the proceeds are unique contributions to American culture and giving. This book features the recipes of our most prominent politicians and directs the proceeds to a great cause, the Massachusetts-based Homes for our Troops. (Bertha K Madras, Ph.D., Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)

'We are what we eat' gives us new insight into our congressmen and women as we read the recipes for their favorite foods. Through chicken and chili, broccoli and beans, we become acquainted with those who represent us on Capitol Hill. (Mimi Neamen, educational consultant and gourmet)

What a delightful read! Like a delicious salad, a toss of history, recipes, and people to produce a winner! (Antonia Allegra, director, The Symposium for Professional Food Writers)

Linda Bauer has a wonderful way of combining food with travel, favorite destinations and, in this case, a noble cause. In addition, she gives us a peek at what Washington, and the presidents—both past and current—like to eat. (Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, food & travel writer, author of In a Cajun Kitchen)

Wonderful food for a very good cause to make the world a better place and help our injured troops. (Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society)

Superb dishes to tempt the palate and a way to help the troops who have served so valiantly. (Frederic Lesourd, Le Cordon Bleu Chef de Cuisine)

Recommended as a good American cookbook and for its historical value. (Library Journal)

Capitol Hill Cooks offers a fine collection of recipes from members of Congress and every president from Washington and Lincoln to Obama. Favorite dishes of top officials round out the selection, with many contributors discussing their ethnic backgrounds, family favorites, and how their top dishes evolved. From Peach Muffins to Roast Wild Duck, it's a top winner!

About the Author

Linda Bauer is the author of numerous books, including the series Recipes from Historic Texas, America, Louisiana, California, Colorado, and New England, and The Great American Sampler Cookbook series. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News and CNN. She is a former Capitol Hill intern and current member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals and the National Press Club. She currently resides with her family in The Woodlands, Texas.

More About the Author

The Honorable Linda Bauer holds a MS degree from Virginia Tech and a BS from Bowling Green State University. She has been a self-syndicated food and travel columnist for a variety of newspapers for the past 24 years, writing columns and restaurant reviews in New York, Miami Herald, for the Journal in Washington DC, Columbus and Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio, and Houston Chronicle, TX. She is currently the travel editor for Reviewit Magazine and a contributor to Prime Living. Linda has appeared several times at the National Press Club and her book Recipes from Historic America was chosen for one of the club's fabled food and wine dinners. She has appeared at Kentucky, Texas and Ohio Book Fairs, plus the Book and Cook in Philly. She has been a featured speaker at Southwest and Texas Book Festivals, numerous Food and Wine Festivals and on several luxury World Cruises. She is a frequent lecturer for numerous and varied organizations on literacy, education, travel, food and writing.

Linda is the author of The American Sampler Cookbook, with the favorite recipes of the President and Congress. The New American Sampler Cookbook, a sequel was published by Kent State University Press. The advances and royalties were donated to the American Red Cross and World Vision respectively and benefited Share Our Strength and PBS. The books were featured on CNN, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and numerous other programs and radio shows. The Food Network featured her cookbooks on two of their programs and Jim Coleman's NPR's Chef's Table and Chef to Chef. The third book in this series, The Great American Sampler Cookbook, was done entirely for the benefit of the National Center for Family Literacy.

Linda co-authored Recipes from Historic Texas, in its second printing with her husband, Col Steve Bauer. It is a collection of 66 restaurants all located in historic buildings in Texas, and it contains the history of each building and 132 of the chef's favorite recipes. They also wrote Recipes from Historic Louisiana, with a portion of the proceeds going to hurricane relief, and Recipes from Historic America, Recipes from Historic Colorado, Recipes from Historic California, and Recipes from Historic New England. Both Steve and Linda appeared on Fox and Friends, Fox News in Dallas and Orlando, and NBC. Steve and Linda were honored as Champions of Literacy at an event that raised over $150,000 for Literacy Advance in Houston and both were honored by Be Angel Foundation.

Linda Bauer is a member of the National Press Club, American Society of Journalists and Authors, International Association of Cooking Professionals, and earned her CTI designation from Toastmasters International. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in the Media numerous times. Linda was selected for Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2006. She has been a member of International Food Writers and Travel Writers Assoc. & National Food Editors and Writers Association and is a current member of National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a Capitol Hill Intern during Watergate, a teacher in Ohio and Bogotá, Colombia, and an educational administrator in Virginia. Linda was elected to the Texas State Board of Education in 2002 and represented 1.5 million constituents.

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This cookbook is a wonderful and entertaing book of recipes.
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This is a great cookbook filled with interesting recipes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Wuerthner on August 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have collected books on recipes of Presidents' for many years. Many have recipes that seem to have not been tested. While the photos are beautiful, the recipes don't work.

This does not seem to be the case with Capitol Hill Cooks. The recipes look realistic and wonderful. This the favorite of all my books on President's recipes.

What I like most about this cookbook are the recipes from long-past presidents. It's such fun to see the ingredients used, the cooking methods employed, and the type of dishes made hundreds of years ago.

The history and stories on each president's recipes give an insight into their personalities, ways of entertaining, and just seeing what their own home meals are like.

The titles are indicative of the fun and unusual recipes within: Edith Roosevelt's Fat Rascals (Biscuits); Monticillo Muffins; Apple Dapple Cake; Clove Cake; Franklin Roosevelt's Birthday Cake; Martha Washington's Great Cake; Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake; Florence Harding's Almond Cookies; Abigail Adam's Hot Crab Salad; Abraham Lincoln's Scalloped Oysters; Bess Truman's Ozark Pudding; George Washington's Beer; Louisa Adam's Chicken Croquettes; Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Corn Pudding; Michelle Obama's Macaroni and Cheese; Grape Dogs; Cranberry Apple Pear Sauce; Idaho Potato Lollipops; Fancy Peanut Soup; The Monroe's Mock Turtle Soup and much more.

This is a book that belongs in the collection of everyone who is interested in cooking, history, and the United State's evolvement in the culinary world.

It makes us aware that there were cooks, recipes, and fascination with food long before celebrity chefs came on the scene.

I highly recommend this book, which is as fine as Linda (and Steve) Bauer's other books--cookbooks and their variety of other types of books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Dias on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not going to leave a very low rating for a personal preference but I want others who like to eat with their eyes first to know that there are no illustrations of the recipes inside the book except the pie on the front. I'm going to keep the book because it's a hassle to return and some of the recipes look good but if I had known it had no pictures, I probably would have not bought the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B&B on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great book for a gift or just to use for fun with the various "Capitol Hiil" crowd.
Have tasted many of the recipes and all were very enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Bauer on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you cook all of the recipes in this book, you will have accomplished more than Congress has in the last 8 years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cafeaulait on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For Decades, My Interest of White House Cuisine has known No Bounds. This was a Great Purchase! Amazon & the Partner sent a Lovely,Clean and Pristine copy. Hunny was most interested in preparing President Andrew Jackson's,Chicken and Dumplings.So many Delectable Dishes to prepare and Trust me,Not Boring.Please purchase and learn for Self.Worth the Dozens of Recipes and Anectdotes from Pennsylvania Ave.Thank You,Amazon & the Partner that Sold a Clean,Terrific Product!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GNGURU on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm really not big on cooking and really prefer to have a good meal out at a good restaurant. However, my spouse and I occasionally entertain dinner guests in our home. Our last get together with friends included two recipes from this book. Our guests were so impressed that they were all going to go home and put in their order for one of these books. The recipes are fantastic and very easy to understand and prepare. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to impress their guests. Not only are the recipes and illustrations superb, but part of the proceeds are going to a great cause. I can't wait until Linda's next book comes out... Bon Appetit
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Estelle1 on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great cookbook filled with interesting recipes. I got one for myself and will be buying more for Christmas presents for my "friends that cook". Even if you don't cook it's fun to page through and look at the recipes and ingredients. I also love the fact that the author is donating part of her proceeds to a great charity that helps wounded returning soldiers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janelle craighead on October 20, 2011
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i'm a history buff on the white house...i love this book...am glad i have it in my collection..i love to cook also and some of the recipes are old and authentic...amazing how we all have different tastes..i enjoyed it cover to cover!!
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