Jimmy Carter – 39th President of the United States

These are Jimmy Carter’s good things.

Good things to read.

Carter said Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was a favorite because “It showed me that the experiences of our neighbors were not unique, that there were people all over the country who suffered…We still have people like that living in our country.” According to the Carter Center other favorites include War and Peace by Tolstoy as well as work by Dylan Thomas and Miller Williams.

Good things to watch.

IMDB.com quotes Carter as saying “John Wayne was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made America great – the ruggedness, the tough independence, the sense of personal conviction and courage – on and off the screen – that reflected the best of our national character.”  EW reported that Carter’s favorite movie is Gone with the Wind.  Carter screened 480 movies during his time in the White House but finding a complete list was challenging.  His daily diary recorded that he watched Advise and Consent and The Undefeated.

Good things to do.

Woodworking.  President Carter continues to work, making a stool for an upcoming auction.  Fly fishing with Oyster rods were his preference.  Carter also liked to bowl, swim, and ride bikes with his family.  After a day full of activity how did the Carter family wind down? By watching The Bad News Bears.  This was practically their exact day March 26, 1977.

Alton Brown – cooking show host

Alton Brown hosted Good Eats and Iron Chef America as well as a 2011 Beard Award winner for television and these are his good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer.  “Every recipe is written in the book’s unmistakable style, with ingredients and amounts seamlessly integrated into the instructions. For me this is still the quintessential American cookbook. Try the baked herring and potatoes or sourdough rye. Or perhaps the roast squirrel with walnut ketchup.”

The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith.  “Jeff Smith was the Julia Child of my generation. When his television show, “The Frugal Gourmet,” made its debut on PBS in the 1980s, it conveyed such genuine enthusiasm for cooking that I was moved for the first time to slap down cold cash for a collection of recipes.”

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Marcella Hazan.  Hazan is “just a nice Italian mama showing me the ropes.”

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Bond. James Bond. Brown tweeted his martini recipe on the cinemathic birthday of Bond.

No Reservations is one of the best shows on television.”

Point Blank.

What are some good thing you’ve used?

La Croix water along with oatmeal and fruit smoothies.

A good smoker. “I love doing long-smoking projects. When the weather turns really crisp and you have those cool mornings and cool nights, that’s when I break out the big smoking gear and you stay up all night tending the hog.”

Swimming, running and riding his bike – motorcycle that is.  In October “It’s definitely your best motorcycling time of year, by a long shot. Up in the north Georgia mountains, you want to be there when the leaves are falling, so you can see around the curves better and you can drive a little more, shall we say, aggressively, without worrying about oncoming automobiles. You want to really do your wailing in the fall.”