New book explores life on the WWII chow line

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

Another veteran in the shop, having heard the conversation, stepped in and talked about the large celebrations of food his naval unit would have each time they crossed the equator.

Whitaker, entranced by the stories, immediately knew what his next book would be about.

Having already written numerous cookbooks, the author wanted to take a different approach with his exciting new idea.

As a contributor to the Chattanooga Free Press, Chattanooga Business Journal and Racing Milestones Magazine, he sought a way to combine his journalism background with the food-centric stories.

“I didn't want it to simply be a list of recipes,” said Whitaker. “I wanted it to be about the stories and the people.”

When he pitched the idea to his publisher, History Publishing Company, Whitaker’s plan was to share the stories of veterans from all of the wars. The publisher saw potential in the idea, but recommended that Whitaker focus on WWII veterans, noting that they were disappearing at a much quicker rate and there was history to be preserved.

From concept to finished product, “Bullets and Bread” took four years to reach completion. Whitaker spent countless hours locating veterans with fitting stories, traveling, meeting and running them through his extensive interview process.

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