Author: Lee Ping Quan
Title: To a President’s Taste
Place Published: Emmaus, PA
Date Published: 1939
278 pp.(247 of which are recipes). Illustrated with frontis. photo of the author and photo of the yacht.. (12mo), original purple cloth binding, gilt titles on spine. First Edition.
One of the most scarce of the three dozen books on the culinary tastes of individual Presidents. Primarily a cookbook, but also the first brief memoir of a Chinese American chef (albeit written by a caucasian author).
Born in Canton, where his uncle was a renowned Chinese chef and culinary writer, Quan, as a child, moved to the Philippines with his family. At 20, after the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in the US Navy in Manila and served on various warships before becoming steward and chef on the yacht of Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Hee became a US citizen before his death during World War II.