Books, usually tell the tales about First Families once they leave a White House. Multitudes are written about presidents, yet first ladies are in vogue again. So, to keep the recipe bin clear of the biographies and the musical CDs, we shall endeavor to keep them separated. Check back as selections will have periodic updates. White House style covers so many different elements with an enormous uptick in interest as the Obamas settle in for their first year. In the White House section are excellent DVD's on the interiors and history of the rooms in fascinating specials that aired December 2008 showing the residence's private quarters and closeups of the White House Art Collections.
Executive Chefs of the White House must range from a solitary dinner to serving food fit for heads of States in a manner that inspires awe. Many aspire to the role, but few have the privilege. The current Executive Chef is Chris Comerford who came up through the ranks serving along side the elite in the culinary Arts. Dr. Roland Mesnier is the world's foremost expert on pastry and his creations did not repeat for any state functions. Incredible edibles at the White House are a culinary requirement and visually stunning. The best part is everything is put on the lovely plates or served in interesting shate is made for eating right to the last scrumptious crumb.
White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen by Walter Scheib and Andrew Freidman
All the President's Pastries: Twenty-five Tears in the White House, A Memoir from Roland Mesnier (Those were some of the most incredible gingerbread houses ever created by a White House Pastry master!)
Roland Mesnier's Basic to Beautiful Cakes along with Lauren Chattman
Desert University: More than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier
The President's Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining & Diplomacy from Barry H. Landau
From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, each First Lady accomplishes something new during an Administration. It is not always for the public to admire or the presidents political need. First Ladies have a rhythm all their own for White House entertaining or child rearing.
In the carousel above featuring Michelle Obama, are a number of books focused on the entire contingent of First Ladies. Mrs. Obama's fashion sense has been more remarked upon than her style of entertainment which will be on display over the next few years. Check back as a group of reference material and new books are added as a full update is due with a new first lady in her maiden year.
A collection of books that the current First Family reads, with emphasis on the president, is here in Obama Reads.
William Seale steals the show during the C-SPAN series with his repertoire of knowledge about the house and great tidbits on the families.