The fading legacy of presidential stalwart Abraham Lincoln has seen a bit of resurgence in recent times, with a series of big-screen recreations serialising his battles against slavery, corruption and lesser known (and largely uncorroborated) adversaries such as zombies and vampires.
But what you might not know is that when this popular multi-skilled prez took time out from juggling The Constitution and the undead, he was a bit of a dab-hand in the kitchen.
No doubt steaks were his speciality.
This literary assessment from Rae Katherine Eighmey provides an insight into such grandiose feats as serving a barbeque to thousands at political rallies, perfecting a gingerbread recipe and turning a backyard grill into a cast-iron stove – all contemporised for the current day and all designed to show how authentic meals of the 1820-1865 period are still possible for modern cooks.
There are 55 recipes to choose from, but a healthy dose of light-hearted nostalgia and anecdotal recollections of Lincoln’s life outside the spotlight mean that even culinary-averse fans will find plenty to get their teeth into.