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Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Marta Sgubin came to the United States in 1969 as governess to Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. She regarded the move as temporary and was secretly planning to return to Europe very quickly. Twenty-five years later, when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died, Marta was still with her.

When she first arrived, Marta was an unusual combination of extreme sophistication and unexpected naivetee not surprising, since she spent the first half of her young life in San Valentino — population 400 — in the north of Italy and the second half in the palazzos and chateaux of various world capitals as nanny and then as companion to the daughter of a wealthy French diplomat. She had always addressed the mother of her French charge as "Madame," in the formal European way. In the new household, she called the newly married Mrs. Onassis "Madam" in the mistaken belief that that was the English version of the term. Eventually Mrs. Onassis explained its meaning in English and the slightly risque connotation, but begged Marta not to stop using it because it was "so cute."

After the children left for boarding school, Marta stayed on with the family. Her role, naturally, changed and evolved from governess to housekeeper and, finally, to friend, until she became an indispensable part of the household. She ran everything, but she shone especially as a gifted cook. Whether it was birthday parties for Caroline and John over the Thanksgiving weekend in New Jersey, a barbecue on the porch of the beach house on Martha's Vineyard, or a fast but elegant dinner on Fifth Avenue before the ballet, Marta was always there, cooking for Madam.

And now Marta has gathered nearly 100 of the family's favoriterecipes and garnished them with her reminiscences in "Cooking for Madam." She offers the special green sauce she served with poached salmon and, in passing, tells the story of Chester, the pigeon she trained to come to the kitchen window in New York. Everyone can enjoy Marta's famous scrambled eggs and, as the eggs are being stirred in a double boiler, can read about how they were traditionally served at Christmas breakfast to Mrs. Onassis and her family.

The food covers the culinary spectrum from the Christmas dinner entree, Loin of Veal Stuffed with a Morel Mousse (the recipe originally called for sweetbreads, but Madam didn't care for them, so Marta created an acceptable substitute) to the Chocolate Roll Caroline always requested on her birthday. Here is Uncle Teddy's favorite lobster salad (made with fresh corn, but no celery), the mashed potatoes Jack Schlossberg was so proud of that he had Marta come and make them for his nursery school class, and the Shepherd's Pie Diana Vreeland pronounced the best she had ever eaten.

There have been millions of words written about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but never before by a member of her household. Marta, as she herself says, "confines herself to the kitchen and the dining room." But within those cozy boundaries Marta offers a loving tribute to the woman she knew as well as anyone — the committed mother, the doting Grand Jackie, and the wry commentator on family life.

About the Author

Marta Sgubin is still very much a part of the family, cooking festive meals for Caroline and Edwin Schlossberg and their three children. Because Marta was born Italian, brought up French, and besides those languages and English, also speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Greek, she was helped in the writing by Nancy Nicholas, whose first language is English.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

FOREWORD BY JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR.

HOW I CAME TO BE THE COOK FOR JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS

1
January
WINTER DINNER AFTER SLEDDING IN CENTRAL PARK

2
February
LUNCH ON A TRAY WITH ONE FRIEND

3
March
EASTER DINNER IN GREECE

4
April
A DINNER BEFORE THE BALLET

5
May
CHILDREN'S COOKOUTS

6
June
DAY-TO-DAY SUMMER EATING ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD

7
July
MADAM's BIRTHDAY ON SKORPIOS

8
August
A SUMMER BIRTHDAY PARTY

9
September
FAMILY FAVORITES

10
October
BACK TO New YORK: FALL MEALS

11
November
THANKSGIVING AND THE CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAYS

12
December
CHRISTMAS DAY BREAKFAST

AFTERWORD

RECIPE INDEX



Product Details

ISBN:
9780684850054
Subtitle:
RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES FROM THE HOME OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS
Foreword:
Kennedy, John F., Jr.
Author:
Kennedy, John F., Jr.
Author:
Nichols, Nancy
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Onassis, jacqueline kennedy, 1929-1994
Subject:
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Subject:
General Cooking
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19981001
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.62x7.78x.72 in. 1.54 lbs.
Age Level:
00-19

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