An illustration from “Table for 9: Supreme Court Food Traditions & Recipes” shows the Supreme Court justices eating together, which they do regularly.
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At Christmastime, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would send her colleagues gift-wrapped packages of homemade beef jerky from her family's cattle ranch in Arizona."Table for 9: Supreme Court Food Traditions & Recipes," out this month, is part history book, part cookbook. It includes more than three dozen recipes associated with justices and their families.Food is a way the court's nine justices connect.O'Connor, the court's first female justice, revived a tradition of the justices regularly eating lunch together.Cushman said that to research the book she, with help from Supreme Court curator Catherine Fitts, contacted 35 families of justices to ask for recipes and family food stories.Maureen Scalia, the wife of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the first Italian-American to serve on the court, contributed a pasta sauce recipe.There's a picture of justices preparing to eat a 28-pound salmon that Justice Stephen Breyer caught in Alaska and of Sonia Sotomayor serving homemade Chinese food long before she became a justice.
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