Dinner with Famous Dictators: What did Hitler eat? - History Key

Dinner with Famous Dictators: What did Hitler eat?

The private life of historical leaders has always been followed with interest and fascination. Famous dictators like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin are known for what they did as leaders, but their personal lives have always been shrouded in mystery.

For example, is known very little about the music preferences of former world leaders. We know too little about their habits, how they behaved in their intimate entourage.

This was a reason for Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott to research. They consulted and investigated hundreds of historical sources and witnesses in order to find out what food preferences had the famous dictators (“A Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants” – Book by Melissa Scott and Victoria Clark)

Kim Jong-il loved dog-meat soup and shark-fin soup

Kim Jong-il is the one who opens the list of famous dictators with bizarre culinary habits. According to the two authors, Kim Jong-il’s favorite meals were shark wings, bacon, and dog soup.

He believed that the dog soup increased his immunity and virility. In terms of drinks, Kim Jong-il was a great Hennessy brandy consumer. Also, the former North Korean leader was very careful about the rice he consumed.

Kim Jong Il looks at fish swimming in a shallow fish tank
Kim Jong Il looks at fish swimming in a shallow fish tank © comtourist.com

In his memoirs, Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese chef, stated that before cooking the rice, a few people always inspected each piece of rice in order to make sure they are all of the same size and color.

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian

Few know that the Nazi leader was vegetarian and very careful when it comes to food. Apparently, Hitler became vegetarian not for ideological reasons. He had to be very careful because of his chronic flatulence and constipation.

Hitler and his officers sit at a table laden with fresh fruit and vegetables before the war
Hitler and his officers sit at a table laden with fresh fruit and vegetables before the war © Alamy

At first, Hitler ate a wide variety of vegetables, but by the end of WWII, he only consumed mashed potatoes and soup.

However, the interesting fact is that Hitler was afraid of being poisoned. That’s why he hired a team of 15 food tasters. He used to wait 45 minutes, and if none of them showed signs of poisoning, he started to eat.

Joseph Stalin loved traditional Georgian food

From the list of famous dictators with bizarre culinary habits, Stalin couldn’t be missed. He loved traditional Georgian cuisine, including nuts, garlic, plums, pomegranates and wine.

Stalin enjoyed picnics at his dacha
Stalin enjoyed picnics at his dacha © bbc.com

He loved the drinking games and usually took six-hour meals prepared by his personal chefs. One of his personal chefs was Vladimir Putin’s grandfather, Spiridon Putin.

Benito Mussolini ate a lot of garlic

One thing is for sure. Mussolini was a simple man when it was about food. He disliked the French cuisine, which he said that “has no value”. The Italian dictator enjoyed the very simple salads of finely chopped garlic, oil and lemon juice.

Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini © britannica.com

He was also a family man. He preferred to eat at home with his wife and five children. Everything was perfectly organized when sitting at the table, the food was already served and the family members were seated on their seats.

Idi Amin was obsessed with Oranges

Next on the list is Uganda’s former leader, Idi Amin. He loved goat steak, manioc, and milled bread. He also had about 40 oranges a day, which he said that was a natural aphrodisiac.

Idi Amin eating
Idi Amin eating © georgianjournal.ge

Towards the end of his life, while he was in exile in Saudi Arabia, he developed a passion for pizza and KFC food.

Pol Pot and the Cobra Steak

While the peasants were allowed to eat only rice soup, the Cambodian dictator Pol Pot was spoiled with the finest meals. He preferred game meat, snake meat, fresh fruits and Chinese wine. Also one of his favorite meals was the snake stew.

Pol Pot
Pol Pot © screenshot from youtube.com

Nicolae Ceausescu wasn’t pretentious

The Romanian dictator was very passionate about hunting. He hunted for several days in a row, killing hundreds of wild boars, goats, foxes, and bears.

Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena pictured in 1981 in Bucharest
Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena pictured in 1981 in Bucharest © bbc.com

Despite the fact that he loved meat, Ceausescu was a great consumer of vegetables, mushrooms, which he preferred to eat with eggs and sour cream.

Among his favorite meals, he loved simple salads with tomatoes, onion, and cheese. He was also afraid of being poisoned. That’s why he avoided consuming unverified meals. For this reason, he refused to eat at most of the events he attended.

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