October 19, 2008
FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If we really are what we eat, Abraham Lincoln was rare steak, fruit, coffee and pecan cake.
A new cookbook announced Friday by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield sheds new insight on the 16th president’s diet. Among the tidbits: Lincoln ate heavy meals in winter to keep warm. And skinny Lincoln had a sweet tooth.
‘‘A. Lincoln Cookbook: A Cookbook of Epic Portions’’ includes 623 recipes, including many of the confections Mary Todd Lincoln created in her kitchen. Lincoln museum volunteers also contributed recipes.
The cookbook costs $40 a copy and proceeds benefit the museum’s volunteer services department. It will also be available online at www.presidentlincoln.org.
This is a fascinating fact.
www.presidentlincoln.org is a cool site and it even has a countdown for the Lincoln Bicentential. More later.