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Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Hardcover – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684850052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684850054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Marta Sgubin joined Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's household in 1969, she thought her job as companion to John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy temporary. Twenty-five years later, she was still with the family, as cook, household manager, and friend to "Madam," who urged Sgubin to compile her repertoire of simple but elegant dishes. Sgubin's Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis presents nearly 100 of the family's favorite recipes plus dozens of never-published snapshots, most in color, of Mrs. Onassis, her family, and friends. Readers interested in an intimate glimpse of the Kennedy-Onassis household, as well as those seeking delicious, reliable dishes for everyday meals and for entertaining, will welcome Sgubin's book.

The recipes, arranged by seasonal menus and preceded by Sgubin's recollections, run the gamut from Oeufs Toupinal, a simple egg, ham, and potato dish that was served to Hillary Rodham Clinton on a tray, to the dressier Veal Stuffed with Morel Mousse, a dish Mrs. Onassis preferred without the sweetbreads it originally called for. Included also are a hearty shepherd's pie, a favorite of Diana Vreeland; Caroline's much-loved Chocolate Roll; and Floating Island, a John Jr. pick. The company dishes are outweighed by the informal fare, and most cooks will have no trouble preparing either. Sgubin's book succeeds as both cookbook and insider's tribute, showing us a remarkable personality through the food she enjoyed and the people she loved. --Arthur Boehm

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Originally hired as Caroline and John's nanny, Sgubin became Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's cook once the children were grown and stayed with her for 25 years until her death. This is by no means a "tell-all" book; Sgubin, who came from an Italian town of 400 people, was encouraged by Caroline and John, as well as Jackie, to write her cookbook, and she comes across as totally unassuming and down to earth (not that there aren't some amusing or endearing glimpses into Kennedy life). Most of the recipes are simple and classic (Hillary Clinton got stuffed baked potatoes with bechamel sauce and poached eggs when she came to lunch; Diana Vreeland always wanted Marta's Shepherd's Pie), with each family member's favorites (Uncle Teddy's Lobster Salad) included by request. Sure to be in demand.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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You feel like you're right there in the home with them.
'70s survivor
Filled with wonderful photographs and remembrances, as well as wonderful recipes.
D. Eichholz
A very enjoyable book and great to give as gifts to other cooks in your life.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I plan to pick up several copies of this book to give out as gifts... at first I was turned off by an apparent "insider" book by someone trying to capitalize off the fame of a celebrity... I looked further when I realized the book had actually been endorsed by the Kennedy family themselves. I read and collect recipes as a hobby - I started looking at the recipes and thought, hey, these are really good. Since bringing the book home I find myself taken in by the warm personal style... I usually don't like cookbooks that surround the recipes with a lot of chat... this book is a one-of-a-kind for me...and I find myself enjoying the narration as much as the recipes. I am glad to see so many readers feel the same. After reading the professional and customer reviews, I'm convinced that I will be buying several more copies for friends who will enjoy the book as much as I do.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim sothebys96@hotmail.com on October 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best books you could ever hope to own if you are an admirer of the late Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. A whole new perception of Mrs Onassis emerges after reading the truly uniqe perspective that Marta had while living with and working for Mrs. Onassis. The fact that it was a book endorsed and even encouraged by John Kennedy Jr and his sister Caroline makes it a trasure in any Jackie Onassis collection. The never before seen private photos of Mrs. Onassis and views of the inside of her homes on Martha's Vineyard and 1040 5th Avenue is alone worth the price of the book. First hand accounts of Mrs. Onassis' daily life and special occasions told with such personal memory makes it a must have for all that admired Mrs. Onassis from afar. We will never get to meet her, but reading this book and looking upon the exclusive photos will help the reader feel a bit closer to the beauty and complex personality that was Jackie. Please feel free to email me if you are a Jackie Onassis fan. Id love to hear from you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Delightful book with delicious recipes. The Summer Pasta Salad and the Brownie recipes are out of this world! This book not only contains delicious recipes, but it also allows the reader into the lives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis and her children, letting you see a side of them through the photograhps in this book, that has rarely been seen in the past. It is a reminder that the members of this close family are ordinary people, rich in their tradtions. A very enjoyable book and great to give as gifts to other cooks in your life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Marta was with Jackie and the children for more than 20 years (I believe she is now working for Caroline and her family). Her recipes are very fresh, healthy, and sophisticated. Yet they are relatively simple and straightforward. The memories she shares with us, along with family photographs, provide a glimpse into the life of this very private family, and show happy times, like birthday parties and summertime meals at Jackie's home on Martha's Vineyard. She tells us about some favorite family dishes, and comes across as very unpretentious, loving, and loyal. Thanks to Marta, I now know how Jackie stayed so thin: most days, when not entertaining, she had a simple lunch of roasted chicken, cottage cheese, and sliced tomatoes. Now where else are you going to find out something like that? The photographs of the food are lovely, too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
While this is an interesting cookbook, the real value is a look into the private life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by a valued member of her household. Marta, an Italian who spent more time in France, first came as a French-speaking au pair to tempt the Kennedy kids into learning the language. While that dodge usually failed (she learned English), Marta had other talents. Watching the cooks wherever she went, Marta developed a skill in the kitchen and ended up as Mrs. Onassis' private chef.
Marta treats us to reminiscences about life with Jackie, home photos, and a side of Jackie we never saw in the tabloids. The little hand-written notes of thanks for a mango ice cream show a gracious person with a sense of humor.
The recipes are interesting--Eggs Toupinel is a hollowed-out baked potato refilled with an egg and re-baked. This favorite was served as a lunch for Mrs. Clinton. The information about how food was served and when is also interesting. This is a fascinating peek into the world of a beloved celebrity, and a very fun book to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book!! Marta tells us life in Jackie's home and it makes us see her life in a real sense. Away from the media spin, we see a good life much more normal, with great food. Marta's recipes are wonderful! The flavors combine to make such wonderful food! AND they are not too complicated that they are not do-able. They are easy and well written to make in our kitchens! Marta is wonderful!! Thank You!! I hope we can have a vol. 2 someday!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By valenziano@mindspring.com on November 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a delight for the loyal Jackie-ite, as well as for those that don't follow her. Marta Sgubin, long-time housekeeper at 1040 (Mrs. Onassis' Fifth Avenue address) writes a warm book full of antecdotes, recipes and great snapshots. Pictures of Jackie on Christmas morning or of John Jr strumming his guitar or Caroline blowing out candles on her birthday cake, make you feel like you were there. What is especially intriguing is that this book was sanctioned by Mrs. Onassis' two children, with John even writing the foreward. Obviously they want this more personal side of their very private mother to be known by the general public. Now, if only Nancy Tuckerman would write her memoirs (are you listening Tucky?), the ordinary side of an ordinary woman who happened to have lived an extraordinary life will be almost complete.
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