At the Table with LBJ and Lady Bird: History, Humor, and True Texas Recipes

The book provides a fascinating insight into the lives of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, and their love for home cooking and entertaining. It includes a collection of Lady Bird’s favorite recipes, including classic Texas dishes like Pecan Pralines, Smoked Ranch Beans, and Texas Beef Barbecue.

The recipes are simple and flavorful, making them accessible to home cooks of all levels. The cookbook also includes menus, events, and anecdotes from the Johnson’s lives, adding a personal touch to each recipe. This makes it not just a collection of recipes but a true story of the Johnson’s lives and their love for food and entertaining.

Caitlyn Rosewood

Wow Factor! Keep this book front and center on the coffee table or the kitchen counter!

Wow! This book has it all! It’s an art-filled coffee table book and a recipe book for the kitchen. It has a lot of interesting facts and tidbits about the Johnsons and the White House. I find myself saying to friends, “Did you know…”, or “Fun fact:…”. As for the recipes, I am eager to try them out. The top of my list: Tiny Quiches, the Presidential Special (President Johnson’s Barbeque spare ribs with Lady Bird Johnson’s Barbeque sauce), LBJ’s Spoon Bread, Eggplant Niçoise, Lady Bird’s Caesar Salad, all of the soups, Rum Pie, and Grapenut Pudding.

This book also has menus from weddings, holidays, and various state dinners, which are particularly interesting. You could recreate meals served to the King and Queen of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Canada, or their daughters’ wedding cakes. The author, Jean Schuler, is an artist. Her delightful drawings and doodles illustrate the stories and recipes in the margins and between paragraphs. It’s impossible to thumb through this book because her drawings beckon you to read each page in front of you until you’ve read the whole book!


Rory H

Fun, historical, whimsical, creative resource!

Absolutely adore this cookbook. The recipes are historical and current. Love the artwork. I will cherish this always as a Texan living in another state.

Chuck Tracy

The illustrations are amazing!!!

This is more of a story about LBJ and Lady Bird with great recipes thrown in. So many funny stories. I have been laughing all day just thinking of LBJ eating off the ambassador’s (Australia) wife’s plate on air force one.

Ellen Preston

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