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THE FIRST LADIES COOKBOOK Favorite Recipes of the Presidents (1969 Large format hardcover 228 pages including Index, Revised Edition US PRESIDENTS Favorites WASHINGTON through NIXON) Hardcover – 1969

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Parents Magazine Press (1969)
  • ASIN: B0022JOS5U
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on September 23, 2009
This is a fascinating piece of Americana, basically a profusely illustrated history of exective entertaining, from Washington through - when? I'm not sure when the last edition was published; my copy is the one illustrated here, from 1969 (Nixon White House). It also serves as a treasure trove of obscure -- and sometimes quite difficult-seeming -- recipes (who would make "trifle" now?). As nearly all of our former Presidents have been southerners or New Englanders, you'll see some strong regional prejudices in the recipes, though there are certainly more cosmopolitan touches as well, particularly in the tastes of Jefferson and Kennedy.

Those interested in the more personal history of our chief executives and the changing tastes in Euro-American cuisine should hunt this up -- there are copies galore of various editions here on Amazon and elsewhere. As this was published by Parents' Magazine Press, you're not going to find any dirt on Kennedy's affairs or James Buchanan's possible sexuality, so don't be disappointed that this is strictly G-rated material and put your political attitudes aside. Worth having just for the rather garish mid-century technicolor photography alone, reminiscent of many of my mom's cookbooks from the 40s and 50s.
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The Bicentennial Edition of THE FIRST LADIES COOKBOOK is well illustrated, but geared more to the life of the first families than the recipes. I've marked about 10 recipes I want to try for breads and side dishes.
Most of the foods are more for display and impression than for modern eating, but it was fun reading about the White House kitchen and the expectations put on the President for entertain visitors.
An excellent book to have around for the study of food history at the most famous home in the United States.
Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.
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I love this book. I received it from 90 year old aunts back in 1971 who lived in the District of Columbia. I have read it cover to cover over the years. Only tried a couple recipe, for some items would be hard to match. Some of the earliest foods eaten don't even have true recipes. There are many wonderful pictures and fun facts of each president and the first ladies. I think any one who is a foodie or historian would love this fun cookbook.
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The book I received it not the exact one in the picture but it's close. I'll keep it rather than return it.
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