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'Their Last Suppers' documents last meals of celebrities
GateHouse News Service ^ | Oct 26, 2010 | Kathryn Rem

Posted on 10/26/2010 2:53:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

You may never know which meal will be your last.

It could be one chosen by a caretaker or hospital staffer, served to you in your sickbed. Perhaps your last bite will be a deliberate choice, such as the vegetable soup that Adolf Hitler sipped before killing himself.

Or, it may be a random meal that you don’t expect to be your culinary goodbye — such as the Dover sole and champagne that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were served at the Ritz Hotel in Paris before a car crash took their lives.

Final meals hold a special fascination for Andrew Caldwell, a chef and historian who lives in Orlando, Fla. His book, “Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals,” chronicles the last flavors savored by a host of historical figures and contemporary celebrities.

“Most things in life are written down. Even the Romans wrote everything down,” said Caldwell, who visited many of the death sites he writes about in the book to ensure accuracy.

“Finding out what people ate, it’s like looking over their shoulders, seeing how they lived,” he added.

Abraham Lincoln, for example, was “a simple guy. He liked chicken fricassee, oxtails, apple pie. He liked good home-cooked grub.”

Before going to Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, to see “Our American Cousin,” Lincoln feasted on a Good Friday dinner at the White House. The menu: mock turtle soup (with oxtail), roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams and cauliflower with cheese sauce.

He was shot that same night in the theater and died the next morning.

Other last meals, according to the book:

(Excerpt) Read more at wickedlocal.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: chocolate; enjoyment; nutrition; pleasure

1 posted on 10/26/2010 2:53:16 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What did Bonnie Bailey have before Baretta blew her brains out?


2 posted on 10/26/2010 2:55:37 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Who gives a crud?


3 posted on 10/26/2010 2:56:36 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Berlin_Freeper

>> Martin Luther King Jr... last dinner: fried chicken, Louisiana hot sauce and vinegar, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread.

You just can’t make this stuff up.


4 posted on 10/26/2010 2:59:27 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I should not laugh but she was a really creepy person and scam artist. I think they were at a local Italian restaurant.

Was her name Bonnie Blakley?


5 posted on 10/26/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Rock Hudson’s ... bad meat, in the can ...


6 posted on 10/26/2010 3:05:50 PM PDT by j.argese (The more bizarre the perversion, the louder the fan base.)
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To: j.argese

I think (”Lee”) Liberace had the same meal - ditto Freddie Mercury.


7 posted on 10/26/2010 3:09:23 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Nervous Tick

About last year on MLK day, some school served up this meal and was branded racist for it! Go figure!


8 posted on 10/26/2010 3:14:42 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
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To: rightly_dividing

A few days ago, at work, I had fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and corn on the cob, served up by a *gasp* black guy.

I guess I should be filing complaints of EO violations.

I never figured out what is racist about fried chicken. Around here, it seems like everyone likes it, regardless of race.


9 posted on 10/26/2010 3:25:08 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Frantzie

I thought Liberace died in a car accident. I heard that he was rear ended.


10 posted on 10/26/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: forgotten man

IIRC, Liberace died of full-blown AIDS at age 67, a record yet to be equalled.


11 posted on 10/26/2010 3:43:53 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: exDemMom

>> I never figured out what is racist about fried chicken.

I loves me some fried chicken! Really good fried chicken with really good french fries *is* to die for. And I’m not the least bit black, even if I did say I was on my census form. ;-)


12 posted on 10/26/2010 3:49:47 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: exDemMom

Where I come from in the deep south, fried chicken, blackeye peas, collards, and cornbread is just a good meal, not a black or white thing.


13 posted on 10/26/2010 4:04:13 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
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To: rightly_dividing
Where I come from in the deep south, fried chicken, blackeye peas, collards, and cornbread is just a good meal, not a black or white thing.

The white students at the University of Chicago LOVE the Harold's Fried Chicken with Louisiana Hot Sauce (Crystal or Bull brand). I take my kids to a black-owned rib joint in town and order the collard greens and corn bread (not the peas). Good eating!
14 posted on 10/26/2010 4:54:54 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: rightly_dividing
Where I come from in the deep south, fried chicken, blackeye peas, collards, and cornbread is just a good meal, not a black or white thing.

Hell, you don't even need to be from the deep south to know fried chicken, cowpeas, greens, and cornbread is a damned good meal.

My household meal planning for the week just changed!

15 posted on 10/26/2010 5:21:33 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is the world finally running out of things to talk about?


16 posted on 10/26/2010 6:30:55 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: windcliff

ping


17 posted on 10/26/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Rodamala

My wife makes the best collards that I ever had, bar none! She makes a giant pot of collards and I cook the cornbread and we eat that all week.


18 posted on 10/26/2010 7:02:20 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
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To: rightly_dividing

Don’t ya just love that musty smell in the house that comes with cooking collard greens? ... No, I’m serious. I remember that smell from my first marriage, visiting my inlaws. I just love that smell cause it means ‘Good Eats’! Pour the juice from the black-eyed pea pot on the greens and the cronbread, add a sprinkle of malt vinegar on the greens, and dig in!


19 posted on 10/26/2010 7:16:10 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Perdogg

“Mama Cass — ham sandwich.”


20 posted on 10/26/2010 7:23:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper


‘Their Last Suppers’ documents last meals of celebrities

Occassionally I have to respond to the “you shouldn’t be eating that”
dessert or other goodie by relatives or liberal associates...
by saying
“If I walk out of here and get hit by a bus/car, I’m going to spend
eternity in heaven/hell asking myself...Why didn’t I have that chocolate brownie??

The world is sadly full of well-meaning moralists that haven’t
a FREAKIN clue about enjoying the short time we have on the third rock
from the SUN in this insignificant solar system.

OK, just my opinionated point of view......


21 posted on 10/26/2010 8:03:24 PM PDT by VOA
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To: rightly_dividing

Since she passed, I really miss my Mom’s fried chicken, blackeye peas, collards, and cornbread. My wife makes a good substitute, but nobody can cook like Mom could.


22 posted on 10/27/2010 4:27:37 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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