Politicians in the Kitchen

Yield:
4 servings


The Awl has an interesting post up about a cookbook called Political Pot Luck: A Collection of Recipes from Men Only, published in 1959 by the Peninsular Publishing Company in Tallahassee. The recipes range from sounding pretty good, to sounding obscenely sexist. There’s some good spoon bread, some racist turkey, and a “recipe” for chicken that will make your blood boil.

It got me thinking about Israeli politicians—is there a cookbook of their recipes? I vaguely remembered reading that Golda Meir loved to spend time in her kitchen. Are her recipes available for aspiring politicians and chefs? Turns out…not so much. She was kind of private with her gefilte fish recipe, and mostly drank coffee and smoked a lot. But I did find an article that gives her recipe for “Kibbutz Breakfast.” It doesn’t look particularly exciting to me, but it’s still kind of cool.
Incidentally, it’s hard to google search for recipes by Israeli politicians, because when you search “[Name of Israeli Politician] recipe” you get lots of hits that say “[Name of Israeli Politician]’s plan is a recipe for disaster.” Doesn’t matter which politician you use, they all are apparently recipes for disaster.

Kibbutz Breakfast by Golda Meir

Ingredients

3 tomatoes

1 cucumber

For the dressing:

3 tsp lemon juice

3 tsp oil

1 tsp mayonnaise

Salt and black pepper to taste

3 carrots

Head of lettuce,

1 green pepper

7 radishes

3 green onions

1 hard boiled egg

Directions

Chop up the green onion and tear the lettuce.

Grate the carrots and the egg and chop up the rest of the vegetables into small pieces.

Put them all in a large salad bowl.

Whip up the dressing ingredients and pour on the salad before serving. Toss gently.

Posted on November 15, 2011

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