Have a drink with: Walt Whitman
Contains multitudes; also coffee cake
Ask him about: Baking with pork fat
Walt Whitman is today remembered for a lot of things. He is the expansive, energetic chronicler of vibrant American life and spirit. He liked nude sunbathing. He grew one of history’s great beards. There was nothing he could not solve with a nice walk outside, musing: “Few know what virtue there is in the open air.”
He isn’t, though, remembered for his baking. And that’s a shame. The man made a mean coffee cake.