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October 18, 2013

BBQ My Way: Favorite foods a glimpse into lives of James Dean, other icons

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So, today's column will briefly touch on icons of the past and their favorite foods. To foodies like me, good food is one of the most enjoyable experiences in life, and a peek into one's soul.

James Dean: It is reported that his favorite food toward the end of his short life was a brick oven pizza at Villa Capri outside of Hollywood, which no longer exists. Some say he ate his last meal there.

Marilyn Monroe: Warm milk with raw eggs blended in for breakfast. Steak, lamb or liver (all broiled) for dinner.

Frank Sinatra: Eggplant parmigiana with marinara sauce.

Nat King Cole: Bacon cheeseburger was his favorite burger. There is also a cole slaw recipe floating around with his name on it, but I'm guessing that's a play on words more than anything else.

John F. Kennedy: Quite a broad menu but he typically had to be reminded to eat. Clam chowder seems to have been one of his favorite dishes - and Boston beans.

Ronald Reagan: Split pea soup, grilled hamburgers, mac and cheese, and meatloaf, just to name a few.

John Lennon: Curry, jelly and tea. (Is there food listed there?)

Abraham Lincoln: Bacon, apples and coffee. Cooks say he was also preoccupied and ate just to survive. What a pity.

Carey Grant: Barbecued chicken as the main course. He also loved hard candies.

Arnold Palmer: I gave up. All I could find were references to iced tea and lemonade.

Mark Twain: Anything American - steak, biscuits, fried chicken, corn on the cob and pie.

It's possible to go on and on with this exercise. But don't you feel like you entered into the soul of those above, just a little bit? It's the simple things.

Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes the "BBQ My Way" column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at www.BBQ-My-Way.com.

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