Who's Who In the Kitchen:
1961 Annotated Nostalgia Reprint Edition
True Home Recipes from Washington's Power Elite of the 1960s.

A GREAT holiday gift for any baby-boomer,
politics & government student, cook,
comedian, or history enthusiast...

If you lived in or visited the city of power, celebrity, and cherry blossoms, Washington D.C., in the 1960's, you may have picked up a copy of the original Who's Who in the Kitchen as a souvenir of your visit, the sales of which generated many contributions to the Gold Star Wives military family support organization of the day.

Much more than a simple recipe book, Who's Who in the Kitchen offered personal family-originated dishes authored by the full Washington-Hollywood axis, from the Georgetown set to Pentagon chiefs to Supreme Court justices.

Now, after careful preservation and annotation (in the full color edition), Who's Who in the Kitchen is available once again for the first time in over 50 years.

In it's day in the 1960's, this recipe book was a D.C. area tourist favorite, a true best-seller, offered in all of the hotels, bookstores, monument gift shops, and sightseeing destinations around the nation's capital and in other east coast cities. In fact, it sold over 3 million copies in its heyday.


But Why? Isn't This Just a Simple Recipe Book?


By no means.
(Click here to view a sample.)

First, it didn't contain mimeographed off-the-shelf recipes, but actual, personal recipes, family recipes of the glitterati of the D.C. power scene of the day, written down on napkins and via memories by the dignitaries and celebrities or their spouses. They were real. The Gold Star Wives were (and are) a respected organization made up of the wives of service veterans mostly from WWII and the Korean War. Handing a copied, phony recipe for their fund raising book would have been tanatamount to an insult and was unthinkable in that context.

Second, in so doing, the recipes often displayed the quirks or peculiarities of each individual character from that era, sometimes surprisingly so. The recipes in the original book often included whimsical notes sent directly to the editors that altogether made this a truly entertaining little book to own even if you never wanted to, say, bake some of Albert Gore Senior's "Jam Cake" or Hubert Humphries' "Beef Soup."

Third, it was (and is) an interesting angle for comparing the tastes of the famous (and occasionally infamous) characters of the time. After the policies, pronouncements, laws, decisions, and monumental influences have all be analyzed, here we have their tastes in food set side by side, and the result is often humorous. Know how to make General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Quail Hash? Where here is now -- with exact instructions written by Mamie. Andy Griffith's Veal Picante? George McGover 's Boned Chicken Breasts? Or maybe Alabama Governor George Wallace's West Indies Salad. Some are simple, some quite elaborate -- but all are authentic.

The annoted premium full color version gives capsuled bios on each author, making it enjoyable reading now matter what page you turn to, or whether or not you actually plan to cook the same meal these individuals loved.

Remember These Names of Yesteryear?
"You are what you eat" they say. Well, here's a sampling of what they ate!

  • Sen. Eugene McCarthy's Wild Rice w/ Chicken Livers
  • Sen. Barry Goldwater's Ranch-Style Frijoles
  • Entertainer Ted Mack's Chili Con Carne
  • Henry "Scoop" Jackson's Special Waffles
  • Actor Andy Griffith's Veal Picante
  • Entertainer Bob Hope's Lemon Pie
  • Sen. John Tower's Chili Del Torre
  • Sen. George McGovern's Boned Chicken Breasts
  • U.S. Senator Albert Gore Sr.'s Jam Cake
  • Sec. of the AF Eugene Zuckert's Cheese Charmers
  • Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara's Beef Bourguignon
  • Sen. Harry F. Byrd's Old Fashion Apple Pie
  • Vice President Hubert Humphrey's Beef Soup
  • Sec. of State Dean Rusk's Minestrone a La Milanese
  • Comedian Jimmy Durante's Umbriago Salad
  • Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s Pete's Spaghetti
  • Chicago Mayor John Daly Sr.'s Chicken Tarragon
  • Singer Bing Crosby's Polynesian Chicken a la Mode
  • Comedian Lucille Ball's Lucy's Casserole
  • Comedian George Burn's Country Fried Steak
  • Actress Joan Crawford's Kidney Bean Salad
  • U.N. Amb. Arthur Goldberg's Coffee Brittle Balls
  • Amb. Averill Harriman's Clams Southside
  • Amb to Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge's Vegetable Soup
  • U.S. Sup. Ct. Justice John M. Harlan's Dressed Duck
  • U.S. Sup Ct. Justice Byron R. White's Chocolate Icebox
  • U.S. Sup. Ct. Justice Sherman Minton's Butter Cookies
  • General Maxwell D. Taylor's Ten Minute Mock Pizza
  • Sen. Abraham Ribicoff's Cheese Cake
  • Sen. Herman Talmadge's Basic Baked Ham
  • Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's Pineapple Chiffon Pie
  • Sen. Birch Bayh's Greenbean Casserole
  • Gov. John Connally's Crusty Cornbread
  • Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's Baked NY Apples w/Nut Fill
  • Director Alfred Hitchcock's Quiche Lorraine
  • Gov. George Wallace's West Indies Salad
  • Sen. Frank Church's Ice Box Rolls Speciality
  • Sen. Eugene McCarthy's Wild Rice w/ Chicken Livers
  • Sen. Walter Mondale's Chocolate Upside-Down Cake
  • Sen. Sam Ervin's Hamburger Patties Baked in BB Sauce
  • Singer Danny Kaye's Tempura
  • Entertainer Art Linkletter's Stewed Chicken
  • U.S. Senate Restaurant's Original Senate Bean Soup
  • Actress Helen Hayes' Meat Loaf
  • Columnist Hedda Hopper's Cheese Pie
  • Conductor Arthur Fiedler's Hungarian Goulash
  • Actress Jane Fonda's Buckwheat Bread
  • Actress Judy Garland's Famous Pancakes
  • Astronaut John Glenn's Ham Loaf
  • Sen. Margaret Chase Smith's Maine Clam Chowder
  • Sen Edmund Muskie's Maine-Baked Stuffed Lobster
  • Sen. Joseph D. Tydings' Beef Stroganoff
  • Sen. James O. Eastland's Brunswick Stew
  • Sen. Lee Metcalf's Pheasant Fricasee
  • Sen. Howard Cannon's Lime and Lemon Jellied Salad
  • Sen. Jacob Javits' Shrimp Curry Lall
  • Sen. Strom Thurmond's Pecan Pie
  • Sen. Donald Russell's Jelly-Butter Ball Cookies
  • Sen. Warren Magnuson's Baked Apples
  • Sen. William Proxmire's Cranberry Salad
  • Sen. Wilbur Mills Broccoli Casserole
  • Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton's Cheese Pie
  • Singer Dean Martin's Dino's Italian Burgers
  • Actress Sophia Loren's Sophia's Eggplant
  • Philan. Claire Boothe Luce's Gourmet Ceasar Salad
  • Sen John W. Fulbright's Damsom Plum Preserve
  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Quail Hash
  • Dep. Secy of Def. Cyrus Vance's Broccoli Soup Tosca
  • Comedian Steve Allen's Cheeseburgers
  • And many more!



Don't expect all to be culinary masterpieces here; these are home-cooked-style favorites; Indeed, many of these recipes are very homespun and simple, or may appear even eccentric in some ways. Others are surprisingly creative and complex and worthy of consideration perhaps as fine cuisine. Regardless, (and this is key), each recipe represents a true favorite of the 1960s politician, lawyer, actress, or other Washington D. C. celebrity who donated the recipe. That alone sets Who's Who in the Kitchen apart from other books of its genre.

Plan a retro 1960s dinner party and create the same dishes the heroes of the day loved: Try them out, and see what they loved to eat, even as you read about what made them famous. Find personage you admire and make his/her favorite dish exactly as they made it, for the fun of it.

Note: The most detailed recipes often include personal liner notes which we have faithfully included verbatim as well.

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