Thomas Jefferson Liked Mac & Cheese Before It Was Cool

Thomas Jefferson Liked Mac & Cheese Before It Was Cool

Kaitlin Flannery
Feb 17, 2016

Would you ever guess that our third president was — gasp — a hipster? Okay, he might not have been sporting skinny jeans or talking about bands you've probably never heard of, but he did help bring some well-loved treats to prominence during his time as president. If you couldn't live without mac and cheese, fine wine, and ice cream, then thank your patriotic stars for President Jefferson — you might not have them without him!

While serving as the ambassador to France, Jefferson took a liking to the finer things in life. He took notes on agriculture and farming as he traveled Europe, and brought the newfound knowledge — and a macaroni pasta machine — home with him.

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Political accomplishments aside, Jefferson's election as president gave him undeniable influence over the American food scene. Although he wasn't much of a cook himself, having his favorite dishes served at dinner parties gave the once-unfamiliar recipes newfound approachability to an adoring population.

As if his political accomplishments weren't already enough, I think he'd be delighted to see how his foodie legacy inspired a nation!

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