Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks to the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church before teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia on April 28, 2019. Carter, 94, has taught Sunday school at the church on a regular basis since leaving the White House in 1981, drawing hundreds of visitors who arrive hours before the 10:00 am lesson in order to get a seat and have a photograph taken with the former President and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.  (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
What President Jimmy Carter Always Requested From White House Chefs
By Cristine Struble
Although Jimmy Carter has earned numerous accolades, including a Nobel Prize, his humble Georgia roots influenced his preferred food choices. When the elder statesman spoke to Oprah, he revealed some simple menu preferences that the White House chefs were happy to fulfill.
President Carter said that country food was his and his family's preference. While that broad-based term could go in many directions, it appears that his simple farmer tastes were reflected in a variety of favorite dishes.
Classic Southern fare, like grits, ham with redeye gravy, and even collard greens, seemed to fill the table during his tenure. That "barbecue diplomacy" was even seen during a May 1979 Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ōhira state dinner where American classic dishes were served to the visiting diplomat.