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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) duelin...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica
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.
Diana
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...more
Armand D'Isselt
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.
Jackie
Some interesting and amusing anecdotes about food.
Su Rankin
Written sloppily. It read like Readers Digest excerpts
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Author of books on photography, baseball, Chicago history, and the American Revolution. Longtime Chicago journalist is deputy metro editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he is co-author of the popular feature "10 Things You Might Not Know."
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