Josip Broz Tito was the president of SFRJ from 1943-1980. The guerrilla leader of the Yugoslavian partisan units during the Second World War was a communist with style, a gentleman. During his presidency, he traveled all over the world. While he traveled he never ate the food that his host would prepare. Instead, he would bring his personal chef, a chemist (to test the food for poison) and would bring the ingredients form Yugoslavia. Some time ago, Tito’s cookbook written by Anja Drulović was published and it included authentic recipes from those journeys, as well as from official visits from the foreign diplomats and people from jet set. Meals include dinners with: John F. Kennedy, Fidel Kastro, Queen of England, Saddam Hussein, Elizabeth Tailor… and many more. Sofia Loren even cooked for him on his yacht.
Left: with Sofia Loren, who cooked for him on his yacht; right: with John F. Kennedy
Left: with Saddam Husein; right: with Queen of England
Among recipes of the famous chefs of that time, cookbook gives and a few of Tito’s personal recipes. Based on the meals, I’d say he was a foodie with an exquisite taste.
With wife Jovanka, having shashlik.
Russian Style Chicken
2 chickens (800 – 1000 g)
a branch of rosemary
5 Tbsp of Courvoisier cognac
I will be giving away one copy of Tito’s cookbook (in English, or Serbian). Send me your mails to palachinkablog [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and Tito’s cookbook as a subject by November 1st and then I’ll draw a random winner. Good luck!
Edit: The winner of the cookbook is Marta Bigus.
Thank you FoodBuzz!