Recipes from Friends of Mamie and Ike.New York: Golden Press, 1974 Stock Code: 140863
First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement to Gettysburg, the couples became good friends during his retirement there.
There's a slight irony in the gift of this selection of refined supper party favourites - with typically vibrantly coloured 70s food photography - to Hal Johnson. The ex-president had come to Gettysburg after a period of well-publicised ill health, which required him to follow a moderately stringent regime encompassing a fairly bland diet. One night Johnson and his colleague Dr. Sterrett - who later served as a guide at the Eisenhower historic site - were summoned to the Eisenhower farm, Ike being troubled by severe stomach pains; "they asked the former president what he had eaten for dinner the previous night. ''Pig knuckles and sauerkraut,'' Eisenhower quickly replied, knowing full well that he had violated the rules. When Dr. Johnson asked him why he had done it, Eisenhower was equally forthright. '' 'Cause I like it, darn it!'' he declared" (Lerner, "An M.D.'s Guide to Ike's Heart and Hearth", New York Times, 13 January 2004).
Quarto. Original red leatherette, title gilt to the spine, five stars in blind to the front board, all edges gilt, blue petersham page-marker.
12 colour plates, illustrations to the text.
Without the slipcase, else very good.
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