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The President's Table offers a sweeping visual history of the American Presidency as seen through Presidential entertaining from George Washington to George W. Bush.
In this lavishly illustrated history of Presidential dining, historian Barry Landau brings the backstory of the American Presidency to life. Interweaving stories of dining and diplomacy, he creates a spellbinding narrative from the early days of provincial entertaining in the capital, through the golden era of sumptuous state banquets, to the modern White House dinners of today.
With more than 300 never before seen illustrations, The President's Table provides an insightful and entertaining look at dining habits as the nation grew through social and economic change. The book reveals the parallel growth of the United States and its Chief Executives, and the diplomatic and political interests served along with Presidential meals.
The President's Table will fascinate anyone with an interest in American history and Presidential politics.
About the Author
Barry H. Landau is a presidential historian and one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia and artifacts. He has served eight Presidents and worked with every White House since Lyndon Johnson's planning historic events. The late Arthur Schlesinger, quoted on Landau's recent book, The President's Table, said that "Landau weaves these previously missing links of Presidential history, into a fascinating tapestry and narrative of Presidential lore". The Washington Post wrote, Landau's "connections that bridge the world of politics, entertainment and theatre….and built a network of the powerful and famous, creating a niche as a liaison between the world of politics and entertainment."
"Barry Landau weaves these previously missing links of Presidential history into a fascinating tapestry and narrative of Presidential lore."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
|The President's Table Today|
|The President's Kitchen Today|
|Author's Note on Historical Textiles|
|The President's House: 1789-1865|
|George Washington Through Abraham Lincoln: Salon Society to People's Table||p. 2|
|The Executive Mansion: 1865-1901|
|Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869: Hopping John and Pecan Pie||p. 26|
|Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877: Twenty-Nine-Course Dinners||p. 38|
|Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881: A French Feast, But Hold the Champagne!||p. 50|
|James Garfield, 1881: The Best Bread in the World||p. 60|
|Chester A. Arthur, 1881-1885: Appetite of a Metropolitan||p. 64|
|Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889: President "Jumbo"||p. 72|
|Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893: "Laid Out" by Rich Sauces||p. 82|
|Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897: Sneaking a Peach||p. 90|
|William Mckinley, 1897-1901: Breach of Dining Protocol||p. 96|
|The White House: 1901-present|
|Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909: The Golden Chalice||p. 114|
|William H. Taft, 1909-1913: 'The Biggest Appetite||p. 130|
|Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921: Two Raw Eggs in Juice||p. 152|
|Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923: Has the President Been Poisoned?||p. 160|
|Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929: Vermont Cheddar by the Slice||p. 166|
|Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933: Wheatless and Meatless||p. 172|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945: Scrambled Eggs with Brains||p. 178|
|Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953: Blair House Dinners||p. 190|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961: Two-Inch-Thick Steaks||p. 198|
|John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963: Pate and Chili Dogs||p. 204|
|Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969: Texas Barbecue||p. 214|
|Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974: Fine Wines and Cottage Cheese||p. 224|
|Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1977: They Could Have Danced All Night||p. 236|
|Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981: Peanut Butter Waffles||p. 242|
|Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989: Macaroni and Mousse||p. 248|
|George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993: Ivy League and Pork Rinds||p. 260|
|William J. Clinton, 1993-200:1 American Family Kitchen||p. 268|
|George W. Bush, 2001- : Grilled Cheese Sandwiches||p. 280|
|Presidential Stewards, Chief Ushers, Chefs, and Cooks||p. 287|
|Suggested Further Reading||p. 288|
|About the Author||p. 293|
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Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 1st October 2007
Dimensions (cm): 29.921 x 23.927 x 2.794
Weight (kg): 1.755