The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  • by Adrian Miller
  • Narrated by Ron Butler
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

James Beard award-winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation's history. Daisy McAfee Bonner, for example, FDR's cook at his Warm Springs retreat, described the president's final day on earth in 1945, when he was struck down just as his lunchtime cheese soufflé emerged from the oven. Sorrowfully, but with a cook's pride, she recalled, "He never ate that soufflé, but it never fell until the minute he died."
A treasury of information about cooking techniques and equipment, the book includes 20 recipes for which black chefs were celebrated. From Samuel Fraunces's "onions done in the Brazilian way" for George Washington to Zephyr Wright's popovers, beloved by LBJ's family, Miller highlights African Americans' contributions to our shared American foodways. Surveying the labor of enslaved people during the antebellum period and the gradual opening of employment after Emancipation, Miller highlights how food-related work slowly became professionalized and the important part African Americans played in that process. His chronicle of the daily table in the White House proclaims a fascinating new American story.


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Customer Reviews

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A Culinary and Human Window

This is a wonderful window into the minds, tastes, and race attitudes of our presidents.
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- Stacy Q.

A combination history and cook book in one.

If you could sum up The President’s Kitchen Cabinet in three words, what would they be?

well done, brilliant.

What other book might you compare The President’s Kitchen Cabinet to and why?

It's similar to various books I've read on the history of the White House, such as J B West's Upstairs at the White House.

What about Ron Butler’s performance did you like?

He was quite good, though I found he couldn't do accents at all at times.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

A must-have for history fans, or people who want to know about White House cooking.

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- brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.