Ultimate (Presidential) Foodies

Dolly's layer cake

Dolly’s layer cake

If there are two things in this world I love, it’s food and history. There’s nothing I’d like to do at the end of a long day, or heck all day, is eat something delicious while watching historical TV. If it’s BBC on PBS then all the better. Know who else likes to eat? Presidents. Yup. Even the most powerful men in the world have enjoyed simple culinary delights. Just check these dishes out:

Jefferson's pasta machine

Jefferson’s pasta machine

Thomas Jefferson-author of the Declaration of Independence, Founding Father, and first ‘foodie’ of them all. While touring Europe as a diplomat, he experienced some finger-licking goodness. We have him to thank for French fries, waffles, and macaroni

Ulysses Grant-besides boasting an awesome name, this man liked getting down to brass tacks. Rice pudding and a turkey for every dinner

JFK-for a man said to have brought Camelot back from the dead, this man loved soup. Especially fish chow-dah

LBJ-no surprise he like a good ol’ BBQ, spicy venison sausage, and piles of scrambled eggs

Nixon-he may not have been a crook, but he certainly loved his key lime piereagan

Ronald Reagan-jellybeans, jellybeans, and more licorice jellybeans! He started popping these babies to fight off a cigarette addiction

Bill Clinton-all I have to say on this subject is Phil Hartman

Obama-the burger man. No matter who are or what diplomatic office you hold, you can count on him to treat you to a burger

Before you start thinking that only the men are getting the spotlight here, there is a layer cake recipe from Dolly Madison that has been passed down from first lady to first lady. Layer cakes were the true test of a lady’s cooking skills back in the days.

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  1. Kathleen Rouser

    Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton at McDonald’s–now there’s a classic!
    As for Ulysses Grant having turkey and rice pudding every night:
    There’s a man who likes consistency! (Or was downright boring. ;))

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      There are some foods that I absolutely love, like Chinese food, but I’m sure after a week I’d need to change it up a bit. I can’t imagine what he did if he ate out. Did he take ziplocs full of turkey and rice pudding??


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