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Presidential Food: A Resource Guide

White House Chefs and Other Staff

This section includes books and journal articles by and about chefs and other personnel involved in White House and presidential cuisine. Some of these resources are strictly cookbooks, but many include personal anecdotes and memories. They range from Walter Jetton's LBJ Barbecue Cookbook to the reminiscences and recipes of Lee Ping Quan, steward on the presidential yacht S.S. Mayflower.

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

The following articles focus on the topic of White House chefs. To locate articles online, there are many subscription databases that can be helpful. All databases available at the Library of Congress can be located and and accessed via our Eresources Online Catalog.

  • Cabot, Tyler."White House Chefs: a listing of recent White House chefs."
    The Atlantic Monthly, v. 295, Issue. 4, May 2005: 40.
    Available online via The Atlantic website
  • "Food fit for a king - or president: recipes of White House chef Henry Haller."
    House & garden, v. 153, Nov. 1981: 58-59.
  • "Former White House chef helps inmates change lives".
    Jet, v. 88, Iss. 16, Aug 28, 1995: 32.
    Available online via Google Books
  • "White House French Chef, Irked at Memos, Will Say Au Revoir"
    Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec 1965.