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White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen by Walter Scheib and Andrew Friedman

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  • ISBN 10 0471798428
  • ISBN 13 9780471798422
  • Published Jan 17 2007
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Willow Creek

Publishers Text

Join Walter Scheib as he serves up a taste--in stories and recipes--of his eleven years as White House chef under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Scheib takes readers along on his whirlwind adventure, from his challenging audition process right up until his controversial deparure. He describes his approach to meals ranging from the intimate (rooftop parties and surprise birthday celebrations for the Clintons; Tex-Mex brunches for the Bushes) to his creative approach to bringing contemporary American Cuisine to the people's house (including innovative ways to serve state dinners for up to seven hundred people and picnics and holiday menus for several thousand guests).

Scheib goes beyond the kitchen and his job as chef. He shares what it is like to be part of President Clinton's motorcade (the security bubble) and inside the White House during 9/11, revealing how he first evacuates his staff and then comes back to fix meals for hundreds of hungry security and rescue personnel. Staying cool under pressure also helps Scheib in other aspects of his job, such as withstanding the often-changing temperature of the White House and satisfying the culinary sensibilities of two very different first families.



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