Dining with Leaders, Rebels, Heroes and Outlaws is a marvelously funny journey into the gastronomic peccadilloes of the great, the good, and the not-so-good. Based on the findings of the British gastro-detective Fiona Ross, the Dining with Destiny series establishes a new genre: the food biography, with scandals, recipes, and their stories, allowing you to taste the culinary secret lives of presidents and prime ministers; dictators and revolutionaries; heroes and geniuses - and serve them up at your own dinner table. From Winston Churchill to Malcolm X, Golda Meir to Albert Einstein, and more, each of these figures took part in landmark historical and cultural events that have shaped and defined our way of life - but they also had to eat. Now it is time to look at their plates to discover what makes them a revolutionary, a hero, a rogue! Dining with Leaders, Rebels, Heroes and Outlaws lets you taste what's on Darwin's fork.
About the Author
Fiona Ross leads a double-existence: in her ‘normal’ life as the exhausted English Teacher at an all-girls school, Fiona keeps company with screaming debutants and a lot of short people under the age of twelve, while practicing the dark arts of crowd control. Meanwhile, her double works as a freelance food writer and a gastro-detective whose headquarters are the Bodleian Library; she spends her time there pondering which sandwich filling she would prefer for lunch when she is not hot on the trail of a famous gastronome.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1: Dining with the Leaders: Apparatchiks and their appetites will appeal to all those readers with a transcontinental interest in behind-the-napkin politics. Candidates include: Golda Meir; Lyndon B Johnson; Boris Yeltsin; 'Peanuts' Carter; Margaret Thatcher; Richard Nixon; Churchill; Bill Clinton; Gorbachev; Ronnie Reagan; and JFK and Jackie.
2: Dining with the Rebels: From the shores of Cape Town to the menu at Charlestown Penitentiary, we follow the crumb trail of the world's leading revolutionaries. Ordering a Molotov are: Mandela; Marx; Castro; Ché; Malcolm X; Lenin; Osama bin Laden and Yasser Arafat.
3: Dining with the Heroes: serving up supper with heroes, geniuses and explorers. On a pedestal are: Lawrence of Arabia; Freud; Scott of the Antarctic; Gandhi; Martin Luther King; Charles Darwin; Einstein; and Men on the Moon.
4: Dining with the Outlaws: If you are what you eat, could we all be dictators too? This accessible volume investigates the unusual appetites of these men with something to hide. The roll-call: Hitler; Tito; Pinochet; Mao; Mussolini; Saddam; Osama bin Laden; Stalin; and Peròn.