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In this fascinating memoir, Scheib shares a personal, kitchen-eye view of life in the White House during his eleven years "at the stove" under two very different administrations. He offers an intimate portrait of the Clinton White Houseand captures how the arrival of the Bushes changed everything. You'll read about:
Scheib also captures the more personal side of his jobserving as private chef to the first family. You'll read about Scheib:
Full of revealing anecdotes, photographs, menus, and special White House recipesfrom the Pecan-Crusted Lamb with Red-Curried Sweet Potatoes that helped Scheib ace his job audition to the Vodka-Marinated Salmon and Kasha Pilaf prepared for the ever-merrier Russian president Boris Yeltsin to Laura Bush's Roasted Beet Salad at lunchesWhite House Chef is a treat for everyone who loves food, politics, or both.
White House Chef
Join Walter Scheib as he serves up a taste—in stories and recipes—of his eleven years as White House chef under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Scheib takes readers along on his whirlwind adventure, from his challenging audition process right up until his controversial departure. He describes his approach to meals ranging from the intimate (rooftop parties and surprise birthday celebrations for the Clintons; Tex-Mex brunches for the Bushes) to his creative approach to bringing contemporary American cuisine to the "people's house" (including innovative ways to serve state dinners for up to seven hundred people and picnics and holiday menus for several thousand guests).
Scheib goes beyond the kitchen and his job as chef. He shares what it is like to be part of President Clinton's motorcade (the "security bubble") and inside the White House during 9/11, revealing how he first evacuates his staff and then comes back to fix meals for hundreds of hungry security and rescue personnel. Staying cool under pressure also helps Scheib in other aspects of his job, such as withstanding the often-changing "temperature" of the White House and satisfying the culinary sensibilities of two very different first families.
After I learned of his death, I wanted to read this book. I shall never complain about being 'stuck' in the kitchen after reading the hours, the last minute changes, the addition... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms.B. Mellin
While Scheib states right off that he'll not be divulging White House secrets in this book, there's enough behind-the-scenes material that it seems that way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William G. Schmidt
Mr. Friedman is an obvious fan of Mrs. Clinton and not a fan of Mrs. Bush. He may think he was even handed but it is apparent that he did not approve of their style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Morgan County