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Presidential Food: A Resource Guide

Cookbooks and Dinnerware

Resources listed in this section, while not always directly focused on presidential food and cooking, can help to provide background and a broader understanding of presidential foodways. Cookbooks can add a sense of place—whether it is John Kennedy's Hyannisport home, Abraham Lincoln's Sangamon County—or even Washington DC itself. Since the story of White House dining is about more than just menu selections and food preparation, some books on White House china and glassware are included.

The following materials include links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are included when available.

These books include cookbooks and histories that can provide background and a closer look at the culture, time or place associated with particular presidents or first ladies. 

These books focus on the china and glassware used during various administrations.