Long before Michael Pollan, in the first televised address from the White House, President Harry S. Truman introduced a four-rule list for Americans to follow to help to address the post-war food shortage in Europe, saying, "It is simple and straightforward. It can be understood by all. Learn it—memorize it—keep it always in mind."
  1. One: Use no meat on Tuesdays.
  2. Two: Use no poultry or eggs on Thursdays.
  3. Three: Save a slice of bread every day.
  4. Four: Public eating places will serve bread and butter only on request.
  5. Menu suggestions!
    The committee that created the rules released two White House menus for the first days of "self denial."
  6. White House Tuesday Lunch Menu
    Luncheon: grapefruit, cheese souffle, buttered peas, grilled tomatoes, chocolate pudding
  7. White House Tuesday Dinner Menu
    Dinner: clear chicken soup, broiled salmon steak, scalloped potatoes, string beans, sauteed eggplant, perfection salad, sliced peaches. (For the curious, perfection salad almost certainly refers to a shredded cabbage, carrot, celery, and pineapple concoction, held together with lime and/or lemon jello.)
  8. White House Thursday Lunch Menu
    Luncheon: corn soup, peppers stuffed with rice and mushrooms, lima beans, glazed carrots, baked apples
  9. White House Thursday Dinner Menu
    Dinner: melon balls, baked ham, baked sweet potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, green salad, coffee mallow