I love being served up huge portions of information about new books.
From The New York Times Book Review to a publication called Book Page to online literary searches, reading about what new books and e-books have been published, and what’s about to come out is, well, simply delicious.
It all just whets my appetite for more!
Today, the marketing of any new book takes heavy servings of publicity, advertising, and public relations all served up with a big tasty portion of luck.
All of which just happens to be the entre into one new delicious book.
The book focuses on the quirky culinary peculiarities of some of history’s famous names.
I just happened to catch an inviting two-page spread in The Week magazine. The article was a smorgasbord of tasty morsels adapted from a new 2010 book titled ‘What the Great Ate’ by Matthew Jacob and Mark Jacob. Published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House, the book takes a more than random look at historically famous icons and what they bit, chewed and swallowed down the hatch.
For example, everyone can recall the stories related to George Washington and his wooden teeth. We learn that Washington claimed his dental problems were due to his use of his real teeth to crack open walnut shells. Ugh! And Mr. Washington, the President, was known for having uncouth table manners, to the point of playing on the table with a fork and knife like a drumstick!
Maybe Martha should have sent George to his room.
Remember hearing about how Ronald Reagan kept a jar of jelly beans on his Oval office desk? I learned that his favorite jelly bean flavor is the same as mine: licorice.
This new book explores the food and dining habits of a wide variety of famous folks from Thomas Edison (the story of what happened when he invited friends to a steak dinner is the kind of prank you’ll be glad you weren’t part of) to Apple computer founder Steve Jobs (can you guess what his favorite fruit is?) to General Dwight Eisenhower who in 1941 right after Pearl Harbor, made some vegetable soup to help him put his thoughts together.
The book is a genuine feast of huge dietary proportions. The menu of people who are served up in ‘What the Great Ate’ will fill you up. In fact, it will stuff you with a tremendous portion of stories and anecdotal information.
Take it from me; this is one book you’ll definitely eat up.