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Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Marta Sgubin came to the United States in 1969 as governess to Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. She regarded the move as temporary and was secretly planning to return to Europe very quickly. Twenty-five years later, when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died, Marta was still with her. When she first arrived, Marta was an unusual combination of extreme sophistication and ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Scribner Book Company
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Cheryl Scott
Mar 17, 2014 Cheryl Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A beautiful historical document as well as a lovely cookbook with delicious recipes.

Of course, the main reason people would buy this book is for the opportunity to get a glimpse into the private world of a famously private American icon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This is surprisingly intimate, featuring family celebrations, travels and seasonal favorites from the northeastern United States, where the family was based.

The food is delicious, and, as you would expect, sometimes expensive to prepa
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Tara Jersey
Jun 18, 2007 Tara Jersey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Foodies, Kennedy Family History Buffs
Shelves: cooking
Written by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis' long-time cook and companion, the book gives you a season-by-season, behind-the-scene glimpse at the Kennedy/Onassis family -- what they ate and what they did. The book didn't feel like an expose. (It was written with the full knowledge of the Kennedy/Onassis clan.) Instead, it had a personal scrapbook feel to it. Lots of personal anecdotes and pictures to accent the recipes. You can tell the recipes were written by a very instinctual chef. (Marta Sgubin, ...more
Vincent
Mar 04, 2014 Vincent rated it liked it
This book is a surprise - a real gem.
The French author talks about how we became the nanny for the Kennedy family (which would be interesting enough) but later expanded her role to serve as the cook also.
For many years, she accompanied Jackie all over the world, caring for the children and their friends while also serving them delicious meals in New York, on Martha's Vineyard, in Greece and anywhere else the family visited.
Her stories in this book are interwoven with some of the recipes she used
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Kerry Kenney
Jun 25, 2008 Kerry Kenney rated it really liked it
Shelves: kennedy, cookbooks
I thought Marta was charming. I can't comment on the quality of the recipes but her description of the food/traditions was interesting. I would only recommend this book to a genuine Kennedy freak. Those poor people. I feel like everyone that ever worked for them wrote about them.
Debra
Mar 26, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
When Caroline was 11 and John was 8, Marta became their governess. She also became a member of the family and after the children were to old to be nannied, Marta became Jackie's personal cook. She shares her recipes and some personal stories that go along with them.
Laurie
Jul 21, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
Lovely book about a family's summers by the sea. Wonderful pictures and beautiful recipes. Most enjoyable.
Linda
Feb 15, 2016 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
Not many recipes and less that I would want to try. A few pictures of the family and a short narrative that I did not find interesting.
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