Take three tablespoons of wholesome family photographs and mix with a teaspoon of Bible verses. Pour over several dozen recipes from family and friends. The recipe makes one piece of yummy campaign literature: The Ron Paul Family Cookbook.
The cookbook, distributed free at campaign events, is the newest addition to Texas Representative Ron Paul’s Republican presidential campaign. It is perhaps the most creative – and entirely positive - piece of advertising out this cycle.
The cookbook features an essay written by Carol Paul, or “Mrs. Ron Paul,” as she’s called. Carol Paul tells the story of her husband’s early life, as the son of a dairy operator and a homemaker. He was raised with a work ethic, she writes, “that you worked six days a week and went to church on the seventh.” Growing up, the now-representative delivered newspapers, worked in a drug store, and delivered mail during the Christmas holidays. Carol asked Ron to be her escort to her Sadie Hawkins-style 16th birthday party. “Don’t tell anyone – but I asked him,” she writes. Readers learn about Paul’s collie, his first house (nicknamed “the Doll House”), and his move from Detroit, where he was doing his medical residency, to Texas, where he was sent by the Air Force (no more snowsuits for the children!).
The cookbook is sprinkled with photos of the Pauls’ children and grandchildren (they even have five great-grandchildren), often campaigning with Paul. There are Christmas-card style tidbits about the family: “Robert (13) is in the 7th grade at Saint Andrew Catholic School. He plays club soccer with Texas Lightning and also plays baseball, basketball, and runs track. Daisy, their beagle, is an important member of the family and turns 10 in March.”
Of course, for the gastronomically inclined, there are recipes from family members and supporters, for everything from pepper steak to warm sautéed bananas. There are even chocolate mint cookies. Yum.
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