The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

I have been reading books about the White House since I was in high school. My very favorite was written in 1973:

Upstairs at the White House: My Life With the First Ladies written by longtime Chief Usher JB West. This book was similar in the behind the scenes settings and peek behind the kitchen doors at the White House. It focuses on the African Americans who served the presidents. The many people who worked in the kitchen going all the way back to the very first President George Washington have gone without having their stories told for too long. This is also a sort of old cookbook with recipes included in some cases. It must have taken a long time to research this book, as the amount of detail is staggering. My only complaint is that the timeline jumps around and I would have liked it more if it had gone in order from oldest to the present time.

I read a DRC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas