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White House Family Cookbook Hardcover – November 12, 1987
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From Library Journal
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.
From the Inside Flap
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.