An author who examines the intersection of food and history is throwing Abraham Lincoln into the mix. Rae Eighmey, who lives in Clear Lake, Iowa, says she started experimenting in the kitchen decades ago with old family recipes. “I saw that I was able to realize some understanding of the way my family lived by cooking some of the foods that they ate,” she says.
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Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen came out in 2014. She says, “I could see how looking at the food that he ate during the eras of his life, during his Indiana pioneer childhood, his youth in Illinois, and his successful career as a lawyer, and going on to the White House, how each of those eras had different foods to go with them. It led me to sit down and, if you will, chew over his life.”
Eighmey says the book includes 55 recipes, most of which are simple enough to try at home. All are what the Lincoln family would have had, except the last one: a cake created to commemorate Lincoln’s life after he was assassinated.