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George Washington Through the Lens of Food

George Washington was born in 1732 in provincial colonial Virginia the son of a wealthy tobacco plantation and slave owning family. He made his mark as a military officer in the French and Indian War and later during the American Revolution. He became the first president of the United States in 1789. We know a few things about his culinary taste from author Kathleen Krull. She tell us in wonderful children’s book on U S Presidents, Lives of the Presidents, that breakfast for Washington included three buttered corn meal cakes covered with honey, and lots of tea. We also know that Washington loved crabmeat soup which served as one of his wives’ specialty dishes. As native Virginian, the first president enjoyed sweet potatoes with coconut, ham with oyster sauce, and string beans with mushrooms.

Martha Washington’s Crab Meat Soup Recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/martha-washingtons-crab-soup-21728

Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Katharine Hewitt, Lives of the Presidents: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/461426.Lives_of_the_Presidents

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