The Power of Diet

The Power of Diet

Otto v. Bismarck. 1871. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R68588 P. Loescher & Petsch CC-BY-SA 3.0. Via Wikimedia.

A Chancellor’s Menu

For those who count calories, here is the diet of the Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). 

In his youth, Otto von Bismarck could swallow half a dozen eggs at one sitting. At one meal he could eat soup, eels, cold meat, prawns, lobster, smoked meat, raw ham, roast meat, and pudding—all while complaining of digestive issues.

During the 1870 Franco Prussian War, he entertained a regiment with sardines, caviar, various kinds of wurst, boiled beef and macaroni, boiled mutton, cheese, and fruit. He celebrated his victory with mushrooms, pheasant and sauerkraut, turtle soup, a wild boar’s head, and a compote of raspberry. He loved wine and beer and had pickled herrings named after him as the Bismarck Herring.

Excerpt from Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor by George Dunea 

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