French journalist Christian Malard co-wrote this book with Roland Mesnier, a Frenchman who experienced the highest echelons of American power first-hand. This extraordinary success story of a young French pastry chef who made it to the top embodies the great American dream.
Having witnessed major world events from the proximity of his small White House pastry kitchen, Roland offers unique perspective on both crises and celebrations. He recounts Carter’s incessant battle for the return of American hostages in Tehran, describes the aftermath of the attempt to assassinate Reagan, reveals George H.W. Bush’s concerns about Iraq, reports on Clinton’s indiscretions, and conveys the shock and sorrow of September 11th.
He uncovers the everday secrets of the White House and recounts such intimate details as Nancy Reagan’s perfectionism, Mikhail Gorbachev’s lead foot and Prince Charles’ bewilderment at confronting a tea bag for the first time. Fiercely loyal to each of the First Families he served, Roland shares humble life and career lessons which he learned while serving five presidents over 26 years at the White House. Roland’s memoir is positive and inspirational. A must-read for cooks and history lovers alike!