FUN FACTS: HARRY S. TRUMAN'S FOOD RULES
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."
- •One: Use no meat on Tuesdays.
- •Two: Use no poultry or eggs on Thursdays.
- •Three: Save a slice of bread every day.
- •Four: Public eating places will serve bread and butter only on request.
- •Menu suggestions!The committee that created the rules released two White House menus for the first days of "self denial."
- •White House Tuesday Lunch MenuLuncheon: grapefruit, cheese souffle, buttered peas, grilled tomatoes, chocolate pudding
- •White House Tuesday Dinner MenuDinner: 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.)
- •White House Thursday Lunch MenuLuncheon: corn soup, peppers stuffed with rice and mushrooms, lima beans, glazed carrots, baked apples
- •White House Thursday Dinner MenuDinner: melon balls, baked ham, baked sweet potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, green salad, coffee mallow