John Adams was America’s first vice-president, its second president, and the cousin of revolutionary leader Samuel Adams. He also favoured a glass of cider before breakfast! Once Adams assumed office, he and wife Abigail were also fond of throwing lavish parties in the European tradition, but when the guests cleared out it was time for comfort food reflecting their New England roots. Among those favourites was Indian pudding—the invention of Native Americans—whose reputation for heavenly qualities taste belies its uninspiring looks. After the first bite you won’t wonder why it was America’s most popular dessert of the 18th century.