Quick: How many of you have ever discussed Abraham Lincoln's diet? What, no takers? In one of the more unusual foodie events, personal chef, storyteller, researcher and self-described "passionate locavore" Jessica Gaydos is conducting Lincoln Eats, a cooking demo that focuses on Honest Abe's favorite foods: corn dodgers, baking soda biscuits, oyster stew (which he was exposed to once he moved into the White House) and apples.
He was also partial to an almond cake that his wife, Mary Todd, made for him while they were courting," says Gaydos, who also plans to cook Lincoln's most cherished dish, which she won't divulge until class is in session.
The culinary seminar, part of the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life tribute to Lincoln's bicentennial birthday, is free to the public and includes samples and recipes. It takes place today from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the B2 Conference Center of the Central Library, 10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway.
For this demo, I'll also talk about cooking styles, since the cook stove as we know it had not been invented by the time of Lincoln's death, explains Gaydos. There's no registration required, but if you want more info about how to eat like a really old past president, log on to http://denverlibrary.org/programs/fresh/index.html or call 720-865-1206.
Sat., Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 2010