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What the Great Ate: A Curious History of Food and Fame

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
What was eating them? And vice versa.
In What the Great Ate, Matthew and Mark Jacob have cooked up a bountiful sampling of the peculiar culinary likes, dislikes, habits, and attitudes of famous—and often notorious—figures throughout history. Here is food
• As code: Benito Mussolini used the phrase “we’re making spaghetti” to inform his wife if he’d be (illegally) duel
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 17, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
This isn't a book to just sit down and read - it's the type of book you read when you only have 5 - 15 minutes of reading time. It's a trivia book of answers of what famous people ate and how.
Apr 28, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it

This is an interesting book. Here are a few things I learned:

*Hitler was a vegetarian.

*Salvador Dali painted a picture of his wife Gala with a lamb chop on each shoulder. Reporters asked him why, Dali answered: "I liked my wife and I liked chops, and I saw no reason why I should not paint them together."

*Einstein was a late talker. One night at supper he said his first words: "The soup is too hot." His parents were relieved but curious. They asked him w
Jun 01, 2010 Diana rated it liked it
A collection of vignettes and anecdotes about celebrities, historical figures and others and their relationship to food.

I found this a fun book to read in short doses, but I really couldn't commit to reading more than one chapter at a time. The chapters consist of short little anecdotes and facts that bounce around in time period and theme randomly. It felt a little ADD, especially when one person would be mentioned multiple times at multiple points in one chapter. Overall though, there were som
Apr 17, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
Some interesting and amusing anecdotes about food.
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Feb 20, 2011 Su Rankin rated it it was ok
Written sloppily. It read like Readers Digest excerpts
Jun 28, 2013 Armand rated it it was ok
If you have to take a dump or you really really need to keep yourself occupied for about 10-15 minutes, by all means, be my guest. Otherwise, skip it.
Nov 14, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Slightly schizophrenic-feeling to read, because the same people are mentioned various times per "chapter". Plenty of interesting tidbits and gossipy stories.
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