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Kitchen Cabinet History for kidsThe Kitchen Cabinet history revolved around the scandal known as the Petticoat affair or the Peggy Eaton affair. Peggy Eaton had married John Eaton, the Secretary of War. The marriage, and the morals of Peggy Eaton, were highly criticized by the highest society in Washington D.C. including the Cabinet social circle and even his niece and First Lady Emily Donelson. Andrew Jackson supported the Eaton’s and was furious at the gossip and the bad publicity which had become a liability for the Democrats. The President asked for the resignations of his disloyal cabinet, including that of his vice president John C. Calhoun. Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren, emerged unscathed, he was the only unmarried cabinet member and was not involved in the scandal. Why did Jackson have a Kitchen Cabinet?Andrew Jackson had had enough of the vicious tongues in Washington. His recently deceased wife, Rachel Donelson Jackson, had also suffered due to the spiteful, wagging tongues of Washington society had accused her of adultery and bigamy. He abandoned official cabinet meetings and used the heads of departments solely to execute their departmental duties. Instead, he sought the advice of old personal friends from Tennessee and loyal newspaper editors. Andrew Jackson believed that only the President could be trusted to stand for the will of the working people against the upper-class Congress and used his power of veto more often than all six previous Presidents combined. Their meetings were informal, they smoked their pipes together and formed his “kitchen cabinet.” He rarely called an official cabinet meeting and when he did it was usually to tell the members what he had decided to do. The official cabinet was given the nickname of the “parlor cabinet”. Who made up Jackson’s Kitchen Cabinet?Andrew Jackson’s Kitchen Cabinet consisted of his loyal friends, journalists and newspaper editors. The term “Kitchen Cabinet” might sound cozy and friendly but its members were all extremely powerful and clever men. The names of the most influential members of the Kitchen Cabinet were:Martin Van Buren who had supported Jackson through the Peggy Eaton scandalJohn Eaton who had been the subject of the gossipFrancis Preston Blair, editor of the Washington GlobeDuff Green, editor of the highly influent United States Telegraph (he later supported Calhoun)Amos Kendall a lawyer, journalist and editor-in-chief of the Argus of Western AmericaImportant William Berkeley Lewis who had served as quartermaster under General Andrew JacksonIsaac Hill a politician and editor of the New Hampshire Patriot newspaperGeneral Roger B. Taney, politician, Attorney General and Chief Justice
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Kitchen Cabinet History

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet Order Your Autographed Copy TODAY! If you plan on attending my February 18, 2017 book launch, an autographed copy of this book will be waiting for you. Otherwise, I’ll mail it to you soon after the publication date which is President’s Day (February 20), 2017. What’s the book about? James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history. Daisy McAfee Bonner, for example, FDR’s cook at his Warm Springs retreat, described the president’s final day on earth in 1945; he was struck down just as his lunchtime cheese souffle emerged from the oven. Sorrowfully, but with a cook’s pride, she recalled, “He never ate that souffle, but it never fell until the minute he died.” A treasury of information about cooking techniques and equipment, the book includes twenty recipes for which black chefs were celebrated. From Samuel Fraunces’s “onions done in the Brazilian way” for George Washington to Zephyr Wright’s popovers, beloved by LBJ’s family, Miller highlights African Americans’ contributions to our shared American foodways. Surveying the labor of enslaved people during the antebellum period and the gradual opening of employment after Emancipation, Miller highlights how food-related work slowly became professionalized and the important part African Americans played in that process. His chronicle of the daily table in the White House proclaims a fascinating new American story. Nice words on my next book:  Adrian Miller takes readers on a journey through the stories of African American men and women who have cooked, shopped, and prepared drinks for U.S. presidents through American history. By putting the largely forgotten stories of these men and women together, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet restores to their careers the high profile and respect they deserve.–Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, author of A Mess of Greens “For food history and presidential history buffs alike, both entertaining and illuminating.” —Kirkus Reviews “An intriguing glimpse into the inner workings of the White House kitchen and the chefs who have made its wonderful cuisine possible.”–Library Journal Adrian Miller details the many subtle and not-so-subtle contributions of African American culinary professionals to the food history of the White House. The people, black and white, in The President’s Kitchen Cabinet come across as real, engaged, and accurately placed in their own history, and the White House is refreshingly portrayed as a living institution that has changed dramatically over time.” –Leni Sorensen, founder-director of the Indigo House Culinary History and Rural Skills Center “With humor and scholarship, Adrian Miller has written an essential and uplifting exposé, ensuring that another group of overlooked African American culinary professionals is remembered and celebrated for its contributions to American foodways.” —Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet brings history alive by tracing the people and foods that appeared at White House events large and small, personal and formal. The research is impeccable, the stories are vivid and thrilling, and the food detailed and delicious. If you love the history of our nation’s first home as I do, you will devour this book.” — Bill Yosses, former executive pastry chef at the White House and coauthor of The Perfect Finish
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Kitchen Cabinet History

The Kitchen Cabinet was a mocking term applied to an official circle of advisers to President Andrew Jackson. The term has endured through many decades, and now generally refers to a politician's informal circle of advisers. When Jackson came into office after the bruising election of 1828, he was very distrustful of official Washington. As part of his anti-establish actions, he tended to dismiss government officials who had held the same jobs for years. And in an apparent effort to ensure that power rested with the president, not other people in the government, Jackson appointed fairly obscure or ineffectual men to most of the posts in his cabinet.The only man considered to possess any real political stature in Jackson's cabinet was Martin Van Buren, who was appointed secretary of state. )Van Buren had been a very influential figure in politics in New York State, and his ability to bring northern voters in line with Jackson's frontier appeal helped Jackson win the presidency.)The real power in Jackson's administration rested with a circle of friends and political cronies who often did not hold official office.As Jackson was always a controversial figure, thanks largely to his violent past and mercurial temperament. And opposition newspapers, implying there was something nefarious about the president receiving much unofficial advice, came up with the play on words, Kitchen Cabinet, to describe the informal group. The official cabinet was sometimes called the Parlor Cabinet.The Kitchen Cabinet included newspaper editors, political supporters, and old friends of Jackson's. They tended to support him in such efforts as the Bank War, and the implementation of the Spoils System.Jackson's informal group of advisers became more powerful as Jackson tended to become estranged from people within his own administration. His own vice president, John C. Calhoun, for example, rebelled against Jackson's policies and resigned.In later presidential administrations the term Kitchen Cabinet took on a less derisive meaning, and simply came to be used to denote a president's informal advisers. In modern usage, the kitchen cabinet has lost any suggestion of impropriety, as modern presidents are generally expected to rely on a wide range of individuals for advice.

Kitchen Cabinet History

President Andrew Jackson and the “Kitchen Cabinet” (1829–1831) When President Andrew Jackson took office in 1829, his official Cabinet was fractured by factional disputes, largely resulting from the fierce rivalry between Vice President John C. Calhoun and Secretary of State Martin Van Buren. The infighting was so pronounced that the Cabinet became virtually ineffectual, and Jackson stopped holding Cabinet meetings. He turned instead to an unofficial group of trusted friends and advisors, mocked in the rival press as the “Kitchen Cabinet.” Francis Preston Blair was a valued member. The Kitchen Cabinet played an important role in the Jackson administration until 1831. That year, controversy within the official Cabinet provoked the resignation of Van Buren and Secretary of War John Eaton, which allowed Jackson to request the resignations of all of the remaining members. The Kitchen Cabinet gradually declined with the success of his next official Cabinet, but Jackson’s bond with Blair remained strong to the President’s death in 1842. Explore historical events with the navigation above right.

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