The General's Cook

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Arcade Publishing
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Ramin Ganeshram is a veteran journalist, who has written features for the New York Times and for New York Newsday. She is a celebrated food columnist who has been awarded seven Society of Professional Journalist awards for her work and an IACP Cookbook of The Year Award. A professionally trained chef, Ganeshram is the author of several cookbooks. She specializes in writing about multicultural communities as a news reporter and about food from the perspective of history and culture. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in Westport, Connecticut.


"Brilliantly suspensefulThe General's Cook offers a swift ride in the company of fascinating characters. Readers will never again see the first president in the same way, nor should they."--Elizabeth Cobbs, The Hamilton Affair

"The General's Cook is redolent with savory details. Ganeshram brings Hercules, President Washington's cook, to mouth-watering life! This novel casts new valuable insight on the complicated legacy of our founding father and the institution of slavery, while showcasing the heartbreaking choices Hercules is forced to make. " --Michaela MacColl, bestselling author of Prisoners in the Palace

"A skillfully observed historical fiction debut." --Library Journal

"A talented master chef yet at the same time the slave of an exacting master, the shadowy and intriguing figure of the historical Hercules, George Washington's cook, springs to life in this compelling fictional portrait. In The General's Cook, Hercules is a complicated, forceful, gentle man whose passions reside in the exquisite dishes he produces for the first President of the young American republic and with his beautiful biracial lover who is passing for white. A chef and award-winning journalist of the culinary arts, Ramin Ganeshram offers us a deeply-researched story of a life erased from history, a man whose last name is not mentioned in the record books. As Hercules ushers the young people in his kitchen out of slavery's shackles, you'll find yourself cheering for him to throw down his chef's hat and make his own bid for freedom."--Minrose Gwin, award-winning author of Promise