You're not going to believe it. But just in time for the holiday season comes easy-to-follow recipes from Abraham Lincoln. That's right! "Free Range" Abe, as he was known in culinary circles, is just the latest celebrity to cash in on the lucrative cookbook circuit.
O.K., maybe the president himself didn't have time to roll up his sleeves in the kitchen. But he's likely to have sampled some of the authentic period recipes contained in, "A. Lincoln Cookbook: A Cookbook of Epic Proportions." Among the 623 frontier recipes you'll find some of Mary Todd's favorites. Other authentic recipes come from staffers at the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.
You can get a copy of the book and whip up genuine Abe Lincoln favorites for your little "Railsplitters" - like Brown Chicken Fricassee and Caramel Ice Cream.
The unusual cookbook's already up for a national book award - a finalist in the Morris Cookbook Company's Annual Community Cookbook Contest. It sells for $40, at the Lincoln Library and Museum Gift Shop in Springfield, or you can buy it on line at www.presidentlincoln.org Proceeds from the book go to pay for volunteer programs at the not-for-profit museum.
Geez, Louise! Makes me think I'd better get to work right away on my Old Havana cookbook! You think Honest Abe would like black beans and rice?