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Presidential Eats

3484834868_83571640f5_o.jpgTo celebrate President's Day, here's a little rundown of the favorite foods of our favorite commanders in chief: perhaps because refrigeration and Saran Wrap were a thing of the future, Abraham Lincoln apparently did not enjoy food:

"Abraham Lincoln dined in a spartan fashion...He would rather nibble fruit. His wife Mary tried everything to make Abe eat but has frustrated time and time again to see the finest foods left all but untouched on his plate. One of the few entrees that would tempt Lincoln was Chicken Fricassee. He liked the chicken cut up in small pieces, fried with seasonings of nutmeg and mace and served with a gravy made of the chicken drippings. Mary Lincoln set a table at the White House, which included such food as Aspic of Tongue, Pate de Foie Gras, Turkey stuffed with Truffles, and all sorts of wild game, such as venison, pheasant, or canvasback duck. But all too often the President merely picked at his food."
From Francois Rysavy's A Treasury of White House Cooking (1972)


Obama, on the other hand, is a fan of chocolate, trail mix and other healthy stuff (see above).

 
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In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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