What the Great Ate: A Curious History of Food and Fame

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Crown/Archetype, Jul 13, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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What was eating them? And vice versa.
 
In What the Great Ate, Matthew and Mark Jacob have cooked up a bountiful sampling of the peculiar culinary likes, dislikes, habits, and attitudes of famous—and often notorious—figures throughout history. Here is food
 
• As code: Benito Mussolini used the phrase “we’re making spaghetti” to inform his wife if he’d be (illegally) dueling later that day.
• As superstition: Baseball star Wade Boggs credited his on-field success to eating chicken before nearly every game.
• In service to country: President Thomas Jefferson, America’s original foodie, introduced eggplant to the United States and wrote down the nation’s first recipe for ice cream.
 
From Emperor Nero to Bette Davis, Babe Ruth to Barack Obama, the bite-size tidbits in What the Great Ate will whet your appetite for tantalizing trivia.


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Contents

Eating Their Words
31
Soul Food
59
What Edvard Munched
82
Hail to the Beef
100
Dinner Theater
124
General Foods
149
Experiments in Dining
170
Singing for Their Supper
190
Business Lunch
209
Playing with Their Food
231
Delicious Discoveries
258
Acknowledgments
281
Index
301
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MATTHEW JACOB’s opinion columns have been published by the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and other print and online media. Visit his popular food blog at Foodphoria.blogspot.com.

MARK JACOB, deputy metro editor at the Chicago Tribune, was part of the team that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. He is the author of the newspaper’s popular “10 Things You Might Not Know” feature. This is his fourth book.


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