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Presidential Recipes: 15 Favorite Recipes of U.S. Presidents

By: Emma Fiander, Editor,
14 Presidential Recipes

A person’s favorite food can reveal a lot about them. For example, someone who hates dessert can clearly never be trusted. In all seriousness, you really can learn much about someone based on the foods they eat and the ones they avoid. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about a favorite celebrity or historical figure, a good piece of information to find out would be their favorite food. For those particularly interested in getting to know a historic persona, this list of Presidential Recipes: 15 Favorite Recipes of U.S. Presidents will check both the history lover and foodie boxes.

Whether you desperately want to know what President Donald Trump has for dinner or you’ve always wondered whether FDR was more of a PB&J or grilled cheese kind of man (spoiler alert: it’s the latter), you’ll find your answers here. Now you can finally eat like your favorite presidents!

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Balls

Favorite Foods from the Modern Oval Office

  1. Donald Trump: The 45th President is a big fan of comfort food such as meatloaf and mac and cheese balls.
  2. Barack Obama: It’s no surprise that with First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative for a healthier America, President Obama prefers healthy options like turkey chili and grilled salmon.
  3. George W. Bush: The second President Bush liked to pile on the ingredients, like with his infamous love for cheeseburger pizza or chicken pot pie. If you're not feeling a whole cheeseburger pizza, a nice cheeseburger casserole might do.

Not-Your-Mom's Cheeseburger Casserole

Favorite Dishes from History

  1. Jimmy Carter: President Carter hailed from the Deep South, which is reflected in some of his favorite dishes, like grits and cornbread.
  2. John F. Kennedy: The Kennedys are known for their classic style and tastes, and what could be more classic than President Kennedy’s favorite food, clam chowder?
  3. Dwight D. Eisenhower: A general during World War II, President Eisenhower was a serious man, but he had a soft spot for his wife’s fudge.
  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt: President Roosevelt was a man who knew what he wanted, and what he wanted was a nice, warm grilled cheese.
  5. Woodrow Wilson: President during the first World War, President Wilson had simple tastes, and his favorite dish was chicken salad.
  6. Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator had a bit of a sweet tooth, as proven by his love for gingerbread men cookies.
  7. George Washington: It should come as no surprise that the first President of the United States, famous for chopping down a cherry tree, loved cherry pie.

Mini Gingerbread Men Cake Mix Cookies

BONUS! Recipes from the First Ladies

Don’t leave out the women! Some of the women to occupy the position of First Lady had their own favorite recipes.

Mary Todd Lincoln Cake
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How fun! That Mary Todd Lincoln cake looks delicious

This is such a fun collection of recipes! I never would have guessed that FDR's favorite food was grilled cheese.


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