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  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I checked out this book from the library after reading the December 4, 2018 article, "The nation's fattest president loved steaks for breakfast. Then he went on a diet." That President Taft passage was indeed amusing in Elizabeth Jaffray's memoir, but it was by far the best part. The rest of the book is banal, and mostly talks about what each president liked to eat. There was a lot about food. In fact, there are pages and pages of recipes at the end. It was written in a documenting sort of manne I checked out this book from the library after reading the December 4, 2018 article, "The nation's fattest president loved steaks for breakfast. Then he went on a diet." That President Taft passage was indeed amusing in Elizabeth Jaffray's memoir, but it was by far the best part. The rest of the book is banal, and mostly talks about what each president liked to eat. There was a lot about food. In fact, there are pages and pages of recipes at the end. It was written in a documenting sort of manner and sometimes it got repetitive. If you're genuinely curious about what a typical meal in the White House in 1909 consisted of, you will like this book a lot. She also talks about where everyone on staff slept (POC in different rooms), the types of stoves and freezers the cooks had to work with, and how much money each president spent on attire. I will say the book was fascinating just from the aspect of, this is what a professional woman from that era in that particular situation chose to write about in a memoir. I wanted to hear more dirt on Wilson, but no such luck...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A delightful little read and glimpse into the past. The former White House head housekeeper shares her experiences serving the presidents and their families from Taft to Coolidge. Also included are recipes, menus, and lists of White House expenses.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Chiodo Soares

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