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.
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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 www.thehistorychef.net.
Table of Contents
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
St. Petersburg, Russia December 20, 1916
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