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Capitol Hill Cooks: Recipes from the White House, Congress, and All of the Past Presidents [Hardcover]

Linda Bauer

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Book Description

Aug. 16 2010
With love of great cuisine and the bounty of our nation evident throughout this book, Capitol Hill Cooks contains recipes from members of Congress, as well as every president from George Washington (Cranberry Pudding) to Abraham Lincoln (Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake) to Barack Obama (The Obama Family's Linguini). Taste Vice President Biden's Kahlua Chocolate Fudge Cake, Senator Charles Grassley's Bacon and Bean Chowder, or Senator Scott Brown's Italian Soup, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's Minnesota Rhubarb Dessert or Congressman Ron Paul's Texas Sweeties?and hundreds more. Many contributors to this book even include notes about their ethnic backgrounds, favorite indigenous foods, and fond memories of meals shared with others. (Barack really likes this, the first lady says of her own apple crisp.)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (Aug. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589795504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589795501
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #891,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ask not what your country can do for you but what your leaders can cook for you. (Mark Russell, political satirist, columnist and author)

You can eat your way across America and never leave the kitchen. (Judge William H. Webster and Lynda Webster, former Director of CIA and FBI and his wife)

...melds her love of food politics and a fine cause to help our troops to make interesting reading and tasteful eating. (Carr Purser Jr., Food and Finance Expert)

Linda Bauer consistently penetrates to the core of a worthy cause and diligently endeavors to make this world a better place. (Barbara Udell, Ph.D., lecturer, author and TV personality)

The blessings and bounty of America are highlighted within Capitol Hill Cooks. Food enthusiasts will revel in helping our troops. (Alex and Jean Trebek, host of Jeopardy! and his wife)

Here’s to good manners and delicious food, all the more enjoyable when shared with good friends! (Peggy Post, etiquette expert and author)

Fantastic food and a way to put the boogie back in your step. (The World Famous Platters, Eddie Stovall, Mose Stovall, Lawrence "Rooster" Lockhart, Yolanda Branch Fletcher, Willie McCall and Andre Shepard)

Linda Bauer's cookbook series are national treasures. Her exquisite selection of recipes and presentation and her charitable donations of the proceeds are unique contributions to American culture and giving. This book features the recipes of our most prominent politicians and directs the proceeds to a great cause, the Massachusetts-based Homes for our Troops. (Bertha K Madras, Ph.D., Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)

'We are what we eat' gives us new insight into our congressmen and women as we read the recipes for their favorite foods. Through chicken and chili, broccoli and beans, we become acquainted with those who represent us on Capitol Hill. (Mimi Neamen, educational consultant and gourmet)

What a delightful read! Like a delicious salad, a toss of history, recipes, and people to produce a winner! (Antonia Allegra, director, The Symposium for Professional Food Writers)

Linda Bauer has a wonderful way of combining food with travel, favorite destinations and, in this case, a noble cause. In addition, she gives us a peek at what Washington, and the presidents—both past and current—like to eat. (Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, food & travel writer, author of In a Cajun Kitchen)

Wonderful food for a very good cause to make the world a better place and help our injured troops. (Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society)

Superb dishes to tempt the palate and a way to help the troops who have served so valiantly. (Frederic Lesourd, Le Cordon Bleu Chef de Cuisine)

Recommended as a good American cookbook and for its historical value. (Library Journal)

Capitol Hill Cooks offers a fine collection of recipes from members of Congress and every president from Washington and Lincoln to Obama. Favorite dishes of top officials round out the selection, with many contributors discussing their ethnic backgrounds, family favorites, and how their top dishes evolved. From Peach Muffins to Roast Wild Duck, it's a top winner!

About the Author

Linda Bauer is the author of numerous books, including the series Recipes from Historic Texas, America, Louisiana, California, Colorado, and New England, and The Great American Sampler Cookbook series. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News and CNN. She is a former Capitol Hill intern and current member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals and the National Press Club. She currently resides with her family in The Woodlands, Texas.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's Item for both the Cookbook and History Book Aficianado Aug. 29 2010
By T. Wuerthner - Published on
I have collected books on recipes of Presidents' for many years. Many have recipes that seem to have not been tested. While the photos are beautiful, the recipes don't work.

This does not seem to be the case with Capitol Hill Cooks. The recipes look realistic and wonderful. This the favorite of all my books on President's recipes.

What I like most about this cookbook are the recipes from long-past presidents. It's such fun to see the ingredients used, the cooking methods employed, and the type of dishes made hundreds of years ago.

The history and stories on each president's recipes give an insight into their personalities, ways of entertaining, and just seeing what their own home meals are like.

The titles are indicative of the fun and unusual recipes within: Edith Roosevelt's Fat Rascals (Biscuits); Monticillo Muffins; Apple Dapple Cake; Clove Cake; Franklin Roosevelt's Birthday Cake; Martha Washington's Great Cake; Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake; Florence Harding's Almond Cookies; Abigail Adam's Hot Crab Salad; Abraham Lincoln's Scalloped Oysters; Bess Truman's Ozark Pudding; George Washington's Beer; Louisa Adam's Chicken Croquettes; Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Corn Pudding; Michelle Obama's Macaroni and Cheese; Grape Dogs; Cranberry Apple Pear Sauce; Idaho Potato Lollipops; Fancy Peanut Soup; The Monroe's Mock Turtle Soup and much more.

This is a book that belongs in the collection of everyone who is interested in cooking, history, and the United State's evolvement in the culinary world.

It makes us aware that there were cooks, recipes, and fascination with food long before celebrity chefs came on the scene.

I highly recommend this book, which is as fine as Linda (and Steve) Bauer's other books--cookbooks and their variety of other types of books.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Fun Aug. 31 2010
By B&B - Published on
Great book for a gift or just to use for fun with the various "Capitol Hiil" crowd.
Have tasted many of the recipes and all were very enjoyable.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No pictures of the the food... April 17 2012
By F. Dias - Published on
I'm not going to leave a very low rating for a personal preference but I want others who like to eat with their eyes first to know that there are no illustrations of the recipes inside the book except the pie on the front. I'm going to keep the book because it's a hassle to return and some of the recipes look good but if I had known it had no pictures, I probably would have not bought the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Aug. 19 2010
By C. Bauer - Published on
If you cook all of the recipes in this book, you will have accomplished more than Congress has in the last 8 years!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HATE TO COOK!! Sept. 11 2010
By GNGURU - Published on
I'm really not big on cooking and really prefer to have a good meal out at a good restaurant. However, my spouse and I occasionally entertain dinner guests in our home. Our last get together with friends included two recipes from this book. Our guests were so impressed that they were all going to go home and put in their order for one of these books. The recipes are fantastic and very easy to understand and prepare. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to impress their guests. Not only are the recipes and illustrations superb, but part of the proceeds are going to a great cause. I can't wait until Linda's next book comes out... Bon Appetit