I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the University of North Carolina Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would write and post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book because I have an interest in American History and the White House. It is the first book by Adrian Miller that I have read.
The subtitle of the book “The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas” accurately describes the book. It is well researched and turned out to be a fascinating read. It is well researched and written in an engaging style. While each chapter focuses on a particular subject surrounding the theme, I would have preferred if the author has laid the whole book out in chronological order after an introductory chapter. Another enjoyable aspect of the book is that recipes from the White House kitchen are included at the end of each chapter.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of the White House and what happens behind the scenes with the kitchen area. I also recommend it to those who have an interest in food and the variety of different preferences represented by our Presidents.