The History Chef

This books seems interesting for food and history lovers.

Did you know that Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian and his longtime private chef was Jewish? What dish played an integral role in Marilyn Monroe’s unsuccessful bid to woo back Bobby Kennedy? Part historical narrative and part grilling guide cookbook, Andrew Caldwell’s Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals guides history buffs and gourmands alike through gastronomically inspired biographical accounts of more than 20 legendary personalities.

Unearthing recipes as far back as 323 B.C., Caldwell, The History ChefTM , provides insight into 2,000 years of culinary lore. Each historical figure’s profile includes a brief description of pursuits and accomplishments as well as little-known anecdotes, popular foods of his or her time period, recipes for the figure’s actual last meal, and cooking tips.

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One Response to The History Chef

  1. kevin says:

    Hitler's vegetarianism is an old discredited bit of trivia: Robert Payne's authoritative "The Life and Death of Adolph Hitler" (Prager, 1973) states on page 346: "Hitler's asceticism played an important role in the image he projected over Germany. According to the widely believed legend, he neither smoked not drank, nor did he eat meat…Only the first was true. He drank beer and diluted wine frequently, had a special fondness for Bavarian sausages…
    His asceticism was a fiction, invented by Goebbels to emphasize his total dedication, his self control…He could claim that he was dedicated to the service of his people.

    In fact, he was remarkably self indulgent… Although Hitler had no fondness for meat except in the form of sausages and never ate fish, he enjoyed caviar…"

    One of his chefs wrote,"Stuffed squab was one of his favorites."

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