Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

by Andrew Caldwell

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Did you know that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian and his longtime private chef was Jewish? What dish played an integral role in Marilyn Monroe's unsuccessful bid to woo back Bobby Kennedy? Part historical narrative and part grilling guide and cookbook, Andrew Caldwell's Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals guides history buffs and gourmands alike through gastronomically inspired biographical accounts of more than 20 legendary personalities.

Unearthing recipes as far back as 323 B.C., Caldwell, the History Chef, provides insight into 2,000 years of culinary lore. Each historical figure's profile includes a brief description of pursuits and accomplishments as well as little-known anecdotes, popular foods of his or her time period, recipes for the figure's actual last meal, and cooking tips. Because the kitchens of Montezuma, Caesar, and other notables profiled within the book were often very basic, Caldwell brings their fare into modern kitchens, although he strongly believes that, whenever possible, grills and open fires should be used for most dishes and therefore provides specific preparation tips throughout.

From the Titanic's 12-course tasting menu to personal recipes for Princess Diana's Favorite Watercress Soup, Elvis Presley's Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Julius Caesar's Ambrosia, Cleopatra's Hummus, and Stone Crab a la Kennedy, historians and foodies alike will relish the trivia and tastings paired within Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449401887
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Andrew Caldwell has worked as a classical chef in Bermuda, Mexico, and the United States. He has managed a number of resorts and overseen the development of more than 40 restaurants around the globe. A keen historian, Caldwell has visited many of the sites in this book to ensure its accuracy. He resides in Orlando, Florida, and maintains an online presence at

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Handy Hints and Tips xiii

Captain Edward John Smith 1

RMS Titanic, North Atlantic April 15, 1912

Martin Luther King 13

Memphis, Tennessee April 4, 1968

Napoleon Bonaparte 21

Defeated at Waterloo, Belgium June 18, 1815

Alexander the Great 33

Babylon, Iraq June 13, 323 B.C.

Diana, Princess of Wales 45

Paris, France August 30, 1997

John F. Kennedy 53

Dallas, Texas November 22, 1963

Montezuma II, Last Aztec Emperor 63

Tenochtitlan June 30, 1520

Rasputin 73

St. Petersburg, Russia December 20, 1916

Cleopatra 85

Alexandria, Egypt August 6, 30 B.C.

Admiral Horatio Nelson 93

HMS Victory, Trafalgar, Spain October 21, 1805

Abraham Lincoln 103

Washington, D.C. April 14, 1865

Leonidas, King of Sparta 111

Thermopylae, Greece August 18, 480 B.C.

Captain Ernst Lehmann 119

The Hindenburg, Lakehurst, New Jersey May 6, 1937

Elvis Aaron Presley 131

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee August 16, 1977

Lord Frederick Chelmsford 141

Defeated at Isandlwana, South Africa January 22, 1879

Gaius Julius Caesar 151

The Curia, Rome March 15, 44 B.C.

George Armstrong Custer 161

Little Bighorn June 25, 1876

Adolf Hitler 169

The Führerbunker, Berlin, Germany April 30, 1945

Marilyn Monroe 179

Brentwood, California August 5, 1962

Captain James Cook 191

Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii February 14, 1779

John Franklin Candy 201

Durango, Mexico March 4, 1994

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