People’s tastes at mealtime say a lot about their personality, their upbringing, and their culture. As Presidents Day is celebrated in February, this month we want to take you on a tour of the favorite foods of 10 presidents of the United States of America.
Knowing the favorite dishes of such iconic leaders is not only interesting, but it’s also a way of understanding the socio-cultural situation the United States was going through during their tenures.
Do you know which president hated broccoli? Which one loved the gingerbread his mom baked or which one got their mouths watered for a Big Mac? Keep reading the article and you will find out!
U.S. Presidents and their favorite dishes
George Washington (1789 – 1797)
According to The Food Timeline, a website created to talk about the history of food, the first president of the United States liked simple food with ingredients from farms and orchards.
However, historians say that his guests were offered great banquets with a variety of meats, fruits, desserts and wines.
His favorite foods were cherry cakes, nuts, hazelnuts, fish and Madeira wine.
Thomas Jefferson (1800 – 1809)
If Jefferson lived today, we would say he is a real foodie: he loved his country’s food and was fascinated by foreign cuisine, especially those he discovered on his travels in Europe.
The Food Timeline notes that he liked vegetables, olives, figs, partridge, deer, French pastry, and wines.
Interestingly, Jefferson wrote some recipes about 3 dishes that perhaps were also among his favorites: soup, cabbage pudding and ice cream.
Abraham Lincoln (1861- 1865)
To talk about the tastes of this former president, The Food Timeline web portal cites a book called “A Treasury of White House Cuisine.” There it is said that Lincoln liked chicken fricassee, seasoned with nutmeg, mace, and a sauce made with chicken fat.
It is also known that when he was very young, he loved to eat the gingerbread his mom has baked.
Overall, Lincoln’s gastronomic tastes were a little dubious. Some say he personally didn’t give much importance to food but during his tenure the White House banquets were highly elaborated.
John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963)
This ruler’s sophisticated lifestyle helped position classic French cuisine in the United States.
According to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the leader liked orange juice, poached eggs with toast, crispy bacon, jam, milk and coffee for breakfast.
And if we talk about lunch, he enjoyed New England chowder and a menu that consisted of sandwich and fruit.
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George H.W. Bush (1989 – 1993)
Talking about the tastes of this leader, what is most remembered is not his favorite food, but the one he hated the most: broccoli.
President Bush (the father of President George W. Bush) came to talk about this issue during his tenure. At the time he explained that from a young age he was forced to eat this vegetable, but having it attained the position of president of the United States he would never eat it again.
What did George H.W. Bush like? There’s not much information about it, but according to the New York Times, his favorite snacks included popcorn and chicharrones.
Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001)
During her tenure, Clinton did not hide his taste for doughnuts, tacos, and hamburgers. One of his favorites was McDonald’s Big Mac and we say “was” because after recovering from various health problems, the former president became vegan.
George W. Bush (2001-2009)
According to the book “White House Chef” by Walter Scheib and Andrew Friedman, this former president likes peanut butter, burgers, honey sandwiches and cheese sandwiches, grilled with white bread.
On one occasion, the White House cook during the Bush (son of President George H.W. Bush) period revealed to the media that the leader loved to dine on cheeseburger pizza (a Margarita pizza with all the ingredients of a classic cheeseburger).
Barack Obama (2009 -2017)
During his tenure, Obama was seen eating Five Guys burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, and ribs. However, when at an event related to healthy recipes, he was asked what his favorite food was, he replied: broccoli.
It is also known that he really likes to eat variety of food, and among his favorite dishes are salmon, chili, nuts, cheese sandwich, and candies covered with milk chocolate and with a pinch of salt of Fran’s brand.
Donald Trump (2017 – 2021)
According to an interview, Trump’s favorite dishes include steak, meatloaf, and pasta.
According to a New York Times article, this ex-president would have very popular tastes (or at least that proved on social media and public appearances). For example, he loves KFC chicken, fries, fish burgers and McDonald’s Big Mac.
Joe Biden (2021 – present)
According to Los Angeles Times, President Biden is a fan of ice cream. In fact, in 2006 he declared, “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, but I eat a lot of ice cream.”
And if we talk about savory dishes, his family usually eats pasta with traditional tomato sauce or Bolognese.
Did you guess that these were the favorite dishes of the Presidents of the United States? As you can see, some are simpler than you might have thought.
If you were a president, what dish would be your favorite to eat whenever you wanted?