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White House Family Cookbook Hardcover – November 12, 1987

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Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan enjoyed Haller's services as executive chef at the White House. His anecdotes are blended here with recipes served to each family, his own personal favorites, and scaled-down recipes for state events. The recipes cover a wide range: the Johnsons' barbecued ribs, Nixon's farewell breakfast hash, Reagan's favorite macaroni and cheese, Haller's crepes gruyere. The text sometimes verges on the obsequious, but the anecdotes are surprisingly interesting, even entertaining. For larger collections. SP
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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More than 250 First Family recipes; a historic treasury of American cooking. Chef Haller entertains with tidbits of presidential lore and his memories of life upstairs and down. 8 pages of color photos.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (November 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394556577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394556574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Pausback on May 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first purchased this book years ago, and it is still a cherished favorite. It is as much fun to browse through as it is to cook from, with well-written stories recollected of our first families. Mr. Haller included recipes which can easily be mastered by the average household cook, with photos to inspire and amuse. We enjoy this cookbook so well, we've purchased copies for family and friends over the years, and continue to do so. It makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift - a book of elegant and practical recipes, fit for coffee table display! This book has something for every taste and every occasion, and covers everyday recipes to the truly sublime, decadent to healthy, down home Southern recipes to European favorites, with everything in between. The White House Family Cookbook is truly worthy of America's talented First Chef - Henry Haller. It is also the only recipe book of which I personally own two - a "working copy" for the kitchen, and a more prestine copy for our personal library.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elisha J. Stasko on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
surprisingly doable recipes- every one so far has been one of the best meals ever- family favorites- nothing even "OK" - everything fantastic. the history or personal stories included are fun as well. best cookbook i ever had- going to give as a gift to everyone who cooks. Can't help but love it!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book not only has great recipes but it also talks about why the presidnet enjoyed them so much. Also included are photographs of presidents and their guests with descriptions of their time spent in the White House. More than just a recipe book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Asian Cowgirl on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have compared this book to the original White House Cookbook circa 1887, the revised White House Cookbook, and The President's Table: Dinning and Diplomacy.

This book only covers the Johnsons to the Reagan Family recipes, so I find this book incomplete. Whereas the revised White House Cookbook circa 1996 covered all the presidents including excepts from First Lady Hillary Clinton. There are not a lot of pictures and I am the kind that likes lots of pictures with my cookbooks.

There are stories to this book and personal photos that the modern White House Cookbook does not have. This book does not contain household remedies but does mention them on the side lines in reference to the 1887 White House Cookbook. Unfortunately, the original White House Cookbook contains measurements that are uncommon today since they did not have temperature controlling ovens. The recipes in this book are thankfully in measurable terms we can understand today.

If you are buying this book to cook some of the recipes, I would recommend it. If you are buying this book as a historical collection, buy the 1887 original White House Cookbook. If you just want straight recipes and don't care for pictures and stories, get the revised White House Cookbook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phip on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this cookbook on a Norwegian cruise ship.When looking it over,I recognized many of the recipes used on the ship!What does that tell you?I bought it for $40 and I've never regreted it.It is so packed with hundreds of top-notch recipes.It is the only cookbook you'd ever need,ranging from comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese,spaghetti and meatballs,pizza,and waffles to the effortless gourmet and seemingly endless variety of desserts,entrees,and salads.The best cookbook in my library.If you cook at all,buy this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Mayfield on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I wanted this book because 'Haller' is my mother's maiden name. However, there is no connection that I know of!

The book is great - the recipes and the history of the presidents during the time Henry Haller was chef at the White House are very interesting. I was hoping there would be colored photographs, but there are none except for the outside cover.

I do recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChefKat64 on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
OK, I just got this book today and haven't had time to go through all of it, but I already have to say I LOVE it! The tips at the beginning are the same things my mother taught me so I know they work! The recipes are well written, easy to follow and there are several I will try. What is even better is the insight into each First Family's personalities and lifestyles, and the bits of White House history that are scattered throughout the book. I am inspired not only to cook but to learn more about some of these interesting people from days gone by. This book definitely personalizes the White House and reminds us that its occupants are mere mortals, just like the rest of us. A really lovely, useful and interesting book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graciela Mila on January 31, 2010
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If you expect to find not only very good recipes, but also good anecdotes about Families at the White House, this is a book for you! A wonderful book for everyone who's interested in gastronomy. Besides you will find easy recipes for everyday cooking and also some others not so easy but surely to have in mind for certain ocasions.I love cook books and I have almost a "library" in my kitchen and with no doubts, this is one of the best books I have.I totally recommend it to you!
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