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How to Feed a Dictator

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How to Feed a Dictator by Witold Szablowski
Apr 28, 2020 | ISBN 9780143129752
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“Food and history buffs will find these firsthand accounts irresistible. . . . Throughout, Szabłowski entertains with disturbing rumors, such as [Idi] Amin eating human flesh (whatever the case, his chef never cooked it for him), and strange obsessions ([Fidel] Castro preferred the milk from a single cow named Ubre Blanca, or “white udder”). . . . These are the kinds of stories only a chef could know.” —Publishers Weekly

“Its originality and topicality in a world increasingly governed by political strongmen [are] intriguing. . . . The author shares intimate historical insights into the meaning of life under dictatorship.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating . . . A new perspective on horrible people . . . Interesting anecdotal revelations . . . The chefs’ biographical narratives . . . present variations on the themes of rare opportunity, terrifying pressure, and lives permanently warped by proximity to power and cruelty.” —Booklist

“A quick read, but tense. I was surprised at how fast my pulse was going when reading.” —Victoria Irwin, FangirlNation
“An interesting combination of politics and food . . . It hit the spot.” —Reading Envy

“Unique and startling—an amazing book. Here’s Abu Ali, describing the fish soup with tomatoes, almonds, and apricots that was Saddam Hussein’s favorite. And here’s Otonde Odera, reminiscing about the steak and kidney pie that won him a huge pay raise from Idi Amin. These accounts of killers at table, delivered in the cooks’ own words and placed in historical context by Szabłowski, are all the more hair-raising for Szabłowski’s matter-of-fact prose. He isn’t writing about monsters, but monstrous human beings—and that’s the scary part.” —Laura Shapiro, author of What She Ate and Julia Child: A Life

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