11 Fun Facts About the White House Kitchen, Including Presidential Eating Habits

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Dolly Johnson presides over the White House kitchen. In 1889, the African-American caterer traveled to D.C. from Louisville, Kentucky, to serve as chief cook for President Benjamin Harrison, and she stayed on for four administrations. The president fancied simple American cuisine and the Civil War dinners typically used recipes and ingredients indigenous to Indiana, his home state. And Chef Johnson’s pecan pie was as sweet as, well, pie.