It's no secret that dictators like Hitler, Mussolini, Gadhafi and Kim Jong-il craved power, but they also hankered for certain favorite foods, according to a new book titled "Dictators' Dinners: The Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants."
Authors Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott call their book a "blend of history, photo album and recipe book," meaning the masses can learn about what history's most ruthless tyrants ate –and try it themselves.
The book upends some common beliefs, including that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian. In an article in the Telegraph, Clark and Scott write that the notorious Nazi was not "a fanatical purist in this area."
"On several occasions in the 1930s he wolfed down fledgling pigeon stuffed with tongue, liver and pistachio nuts and, at least once, reportedly remarked that there was ‘nothing better than a liver dumpling,'" they write.
Hitler loved animals, going so far as to ban foie gras and worry about lobsters in restaurant tanks, but the authors say that his vegetarian tendencies were also motivated by chronic flatulence and constipation.
Libya's Muammar Gadhafi also reportedly suffered from flatulence, but in his case, it was due to drinking camel's milk, Clark and Scott write. The two-humped animal also featured in the late leader's favorite dish: Camel meat with couscous.
Other tyrants featured in the book include Mussolini, who gorged on raw, chopped garlic salad, Cuba's Fidel Castro, who slurped up turtle soup, Saddam Hussein, who feasted in fresh fish whenever possible and Idi Amin, who would eat 40 oranges a day and whose favorite food was roast goat, cassava and millet bread.
The Ugandan dictator was rumored to be a cannibal, but when asked once if he was, according to the authors, he replied, "I don’t like human flesh – it’s too salty for me."