Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Signed
[Signed] Sgubin, Marta. Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. First Edition. 1998. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is signed “Marta Sgubin” on the page between the flyleaf and the title page. Foreword by John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Growing up in small village in Italy, Marta Sgubin dreamt of making it as an actress. Instead, she became the longtime chef for one of the world’s most famous women (and based upon Sgubin’s fond recollections, one of the most courteous). In this cookbook/memoir, Sgubin relates how she took over for Maud Shaw as the nanny to John and Caroline, and in her spare time, learned to cook while hanging out in the galley aboard the famed Onassis yacht, the Christina. By the time the children had left for school, Sgubin had become a treasured member of the family, joining then at the table for intimate occasions and cooking for Mrs. Onassis’s Manhattan dinner parties and for her guests at her compound in Martha’s Vineyard. The recipes and intimate photographs are most definitely part of the charm, but what is fascinating is the insight into the character of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
“She was so proud of me and wanted to show me off. That was one of the ways [Mrs. Onassis] was special. Like the little notes she slipped under my door almost every night. She was very appreciative of any small thing you did for her. And that made you try even harder to do a little more.”