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BIOGRAPHY DISHES UP LIFE OF IKE - THROUGH RECIPES

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Next to the cover page of this book is a photograph of President Dwight Eisenhower's five-star tie with a stain circled and a note informing inquiring readers what the stain is.

The stain came from Ike's vegetable soup - and the recipe can be found on page 40 of this oversized 118-page volume."Ike the Cook," by Edward and Candace Russoli, includes 32 recipes by the nation's 34th president and many anecdotes about his culinary skills, which apparently were considerable.

It also has 172 photographs, including many with Eisenhower donning an apron or eating some of his own creations.

From a young Kansan cooking squirrel during a campout, to an Army officer who believed food was part of a soldier's paycheck and finally to a kitchen-wise president, the Russolis tell the story of Eisenhower's life - through food.

Ed Russoli admits it is a novel approach to a presidential biography.

"We're using food as a vehicle throughout the book," he said in a telephone interview.

Russoli is himself a gourmet cook and one-time owner of an Italian restaurant in his native Allentown, Pa.

The recipes in the book came from Secret Service agents who guarded Eisenhower, Columbia University in New York - where Eisenhower briefly served as president, and from the Eisenhower Library in Abilene.

In fact, Eisenhower's recipe for homemade vegetable soup created quite a stir when it was published in a 1948 campus cookbook at Columbia University while Eisenhower was president.