Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, was born on this day in 1897. He was a man focused on fascism, not food. His press aide, Wilfred Van Oven, recalled that dinner was typically delayed because Goebbels preferred to engage in lengthy conversation before eating. Goebbels usually ate lunch on the late side — at two o’clock in the afternoon — and his favorite vegetable was spinach.
Mark Jacob has co-written a new book that is highlighted on the New York History blog's website. Mark co-wrote A Treacherous Beauty with Stephen H. Case. It tells the unknown story of the woman behind Benedict Arnold's conspiracy -- his 2nd wife, Peggy Shippen.
The British-born poet W.H. Auden died on this date in 1973. During the years that Auden lived with his domestic partner, Chester Kallman, the task of cooking was in Kallman’s able hands. When the couple got into a spat, the kitchen sometimes became a storm cellar — the place where Kallman escaped Auden’s fury. “Once when [W.H.] was thundery about some minor transgression,” recalled a friend of the couple, “I saw Chester retreat to stir the soup five times during the conversation.”
On another occasion, Kallman had forgotten to complete an errand for Auden, and the poet became angry. “He was furious,” said Kallman. “I fled into the kitchen until the clouds passed. Kitchens are a great invention.”
According to his physician, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a "vigorous man who takes excellent care" of his health. What his doctor didn't say was whether the GOP hopeful's favorite foods benefit or detract from his physical condition.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Romney loves to eat peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches, and he also craves peanut M&M candies. The newspaper also noted the Republican candidate celebrated his 65th birthday in March by devouring his wife's "meatloaf cakes."