Eating with Uncle Sam

GBP £20.00


Hardback with PLC

ISBN: 978-1-907804-00-7

144 Pages

203 x 203 mm (8 x 8 in)

110 colour illustrations

In association with

October 2011


A unique exploration of cooking from America’s recipe box

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Queen Elizabeth II’s scones, First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House turkey lasagna, President John F. Kennedy’s favorite fish chowder and First Lady Laura Bush’s guacamole are among more than 150 recipes from the National Archives of the United States featured in this fascinating book of historical and modern-day recipes.

This unique collection of recipes from the records of the U.S. Federal Government includes dishes from U.S. school lunch programs, government-sponsored radio shows, and war-time recipes meant to conserve wheat, sugar, and meat. The book includes the hand-written letter from Queen Elizabeth II sharing her scone recipe with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the transcript of President George H.W. Bush’s press conference in which he expressed his hatred of broccoli. The selected recipes range from breakfast, bread and snacks, to fish, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, sides and sweets.

Author biographies

Patty Reinert Mason is director of Content, Strada Education Network and was director of  Communications/Publications at the National Archives Foundation, Washington, DC

José Ramón Andrés Puerta is a Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, New York City, and Frisco, Texas. He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal for his work with World Central Kitchen.

Table of Contents

  1. Message from the Archivist
  2. Introduction
  3. Breakfast
  4. Vegetables
  5. Baked Goods
  6. Soups and Chili
  7. Poultry
  8. Drinks
  9. Meat
  10. Desserts
  11. Fish
  12. Index
  13. Acknowledgements