The Course of History - Ten Meals That Changed the World
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Stories of ten power meals through the ages, with recipes: “A sumptuous feast of historical and gastronomic detail . . . fascinating and delicious.” —Craig Ferguson
Some of the most consequential decisions in history were decided at the dinner table, accompanied—and perhaps influenced—by copious amounts of food and drink. This fascinating book explores ten of those pivotal meals, presenting the contexts, key participants, table talk, and outcomes of each. It offers unique insight into the minds and appetites of some of history’s most famous and notorious characters, including Bonnie Prince Charlie, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Richard Nixon.
Feasting on leg of lamb, Bonnie Prince Charlie doomed the Jacobite Army at Culloden. A uniquely American menu served with French wine lubricated the conversation between rivals Jefferson and Hamilton that led to the founding of the US financial system and the location of the nation’s capital in Washington. After schweinwürst and sauerkraut with Adolf Hitler at his Berghof residence, Austrian chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg agreed to the complete integration of Austria into the Third Reich.
In addition, celebrity chef Tony Singh has researched the menus and recipes for all ten dinners down to the last detail and recreates them here, listing the spirits as well. This book provides an entertaining seat at the table and “masterfully connects political moments to their culinary backdrops” (Publishers Weekly).
“Recounts some of the key moments from diplomacy where food and drink played a crucial part.” —The Scotsman
“Powerful people scheme to enhance their influence and control, and there’s no better way to manipulate people than over a good meal . . . Stevenson gives context and background, making each participant’s role comprehensible and specific.” —Booklist
Available since: 04/02/2019.
Print length: 312 pages.