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If you've ever fantasized about feasting on Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing," diving ever-so-neatly into Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon, or wrapping your lips around Rock Hudson's cannoli – and really, who hasn't? – hold on to your oven mitts!       In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and If you've ever fantasized about feasting on Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing," diving ever-so-neatly into Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon, or wrapping your lips around Rock Hudson's cannoli – and really, who hasn't? – hold on to your oven mitts!       In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen, Frank DeCaro—the flamboyantly funny Sirius XM radio personality best known for his six-and-a-half-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—collects hundreds of recipes passed on from legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves chefs.     Their all-but-forgotten recipes—rescued from out-of-print cookbooks, musty biographies, vintage magazines, and dusty pamphlets—suggest a style of home entertaining ripe for reexamination if not revival, while reminding intrepid gourmands that, for better or worse, Hollywood doesn't make celebrities (or cooks) like it used to. Starring Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms Farrah Fawcett's Sausage and Peppers Liberace's Sticky Buns Bette Davis's Red Flannel Hash Bea Arthur's Good Morning Mushroom Tomato Toast Dudley Moore's Crème Brûlée Gypsy Rose Lee's Portuguese Fish Chowder John Ritter's Famous Fudge Andy Warhol's Ghoulish Goulash Vincent Price's Pepper Steak Johnny Cash's Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chili Vivian Vance's Chicken Kiev Sebastian Cabot's Avocado Surprise  Lawrence Welk's Vegetable Croquettes Ann Miller's Cheese Soufflé Jerry Orbach's Trifle Totie Fields's Fruit Mellow Irene Ryan's Tipsy Basingstoke Klaus Nomi's Key Lime Tart Richard Deacon's Bitter and Booze Sonny Bono's Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce And many others from breakfast to dessert.


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If you've ever fantasized about feasting on Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing," diving ever-so-neatly into Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon, or wrapping your lips around Rock Hudson's cannoli – and really, who hasn't? – hold on to your oven mitts!       In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and If you've ever fantasized about feasting on Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing," diving ever-so-neatly into Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon, or wrapping your lips around Rock Hudson's cannoli – and really, who hasn't? – hold on to your oven mitts!       In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen, Frank DeCaro—the flamboyantly funny Sirius XM radio personality best known for his six-and-a-half-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—collects hundreds of recipes passed on from legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves chefs.     Their all-but-forgotten recipes—rescued from out-of-print cookbooks, musty biographies, vintage magazines, and dusty pamphlets—suggest a style of home entertaining ripe for reexamination if not revival, while reminding intrepid gourmands that, for better or worse, Hollywood doesn't make celebrities (or cooks) like it used to. Starring Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms Farrah Fawcett's Sausage and Peppers Liberace's Sticky Buns Bette Davis's Red Flannel Hash Bea Arthur's Good Morning Mushroom Tomato Toast Dudley Moore's Crème Brûlée Gypsy Rose Lee's Portuguese Fish Chowder John Ritter's Famous Fudge Andy Warhol's Ghoulish Goulash Vincent Price's Pepper Steak Johnny Cash's Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chili Vivian Vance's Chicken Kiev Sebastian Cabot's Avocado Surprise  Lawrence Welk's Vegetable Croquettes Ann Miller's Cheese Soufflé Jerry Orbach's Trifle Totie Fields's Fruit Mellow Irene Ryan's Tipsy Basingstoke Klaus Nomi's Key Lime Tart Richard Deacon's Bitter and Booze Sonny Bono's Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce And many others from breakfast to dessert.

30 review for The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynnda

    A darling little book with a few good recipes and a treasure trove of memorabilia.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rinehart

    I'm not a huge fan of celebrity cookbooks. I'm sure there are several celebs who are well known home chefs, perhaps some have even worked in the food industry, but by and large, judging by their humdrum recipes, vague directions and general lack of knowledge, it seems to me that most celebs eat out more than they stay in. But, with that said, there are lots of fun recipes here, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Gene Roddenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Mabel King's Banana Fritte I'm not a huge fan of celebrity cookbooks. I'm sure there are several celebs who are well known home chefs, perhaps some have even worked in the food industry, but by and large, judging by their humdrum recipes, vague directions and general lack of knowledge, it seems to me that most celebs eat out more than they stay in. But, with that said, there are lots of fun recipes here, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Gene Roddenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Mabel King's Banana Fritters, Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie, Dom Deluise's Doodlewoppers and Madeline Kahn's Foot Cookies (no feet involved, only sugar, flour and regular cookie stuff) Bette Davis was my Grandma Florence's second favorite actress (Debbie Reynolds was her first). When I was twelve, I came down with a bad case of bronchitis right before Thanksgiving vacation and my grandma stayed with me while my mother and stepfather left town to visit family. Grandma wasn't a great cook, in fact, she was famous for her dreadful cooking (peanut butter and mint jelly sandwiches, buttered pizza, crunchy apple marshmallow strudel) so we ate jello, crackers and store bought pumpkin pie while watching old movies. I remember staying up late (my cough medicine made sleeping difficult) and watching A Pocketful of Miracles with Grandma, we both cried at the end (it is such a sweet movie, you really should check it out if you haven't seen it before). Anyways, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash recipe caught my eye right off. First, there's the name, Red Flannel Hash. Does it contain flannel? Do you cook it in flannel? Neither it turns out, I made this hash of potatoes, beef and beets and posted a pic on my blog (with a few modern updates and it was delectable and pretty). I know my Grandma Flo would have loved it too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    If you are a foodie and film fan, then you will think you have died and gone to heaven when you read "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook"! Recipes and reflections are blended together with rollicking, rowdy, revelry, and a smashing time will be had by all! Author Frank DeCaro enlightens and entertains with facts and food finds from legendary stars of stage and screen, and the results are delicious. I love to sit down with a cup of coffee and read a cookbook. Since this book is filled with as many stori If you are a foodie and film fan, then you will think you have died and gone to heaven when you read "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook"! Recipes and reflections are blended together with rollicking, rowdy, revelry, and a smashing time will be had by all! Author Frank DeCaro enlightens and entertains with facts and food finds from legendary stars of stage and screen, and the results are delicious. I love to sit down with a cup of coffee and read a cookbook. Since this book is filled with as many stories as it has recipes, it is one of the most readable and enjoyable cookbooks that I own. The chapters are categorized by the contributor's claim to fame, such as: "Musical Munchies"; "Sitcom Moms Really Cook"; "Dance This Mess Around"; and "A Feast of Funny Fellows". The skill level of the chefs ranges from kitchen-capable to titan of take-out, and the recipes run the realm between truly taste tempting to seriously strange and somewhat scary. Dom Deluise's "Doodlewoppers"--who knew?!? Just kidding--those "Doodlewoppers" sound like darn good cookies!!! "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" is a decadent delight from cover to cover. The amazing range of recipes is as equally appealing as the royal roster of legendary luminaries from the world of entertainment. A "must have" for the kitchen library of true devotees of the silver screen and the silver palate. Review Copy Gratis HCI Books

  4. 5 out of 5

    April

    The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen by Frank DeCara is an interesting and entertaining cooking/pop culture. Written with wit,humor and bursting with usable recipes. It has some of Hollywood's famous stars,from Mike Douglas to Rue McClanahan and over a hundred in between. It includes profiles,ponderings,menus,and recipes.What a delightful book with a wonderul collection recipes from days gone by and the stars who enjoyed them.A must The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen by Frank DeCara is an interesting and entertaining cooking/pop culture. Written with wit,humor and bursting with usable recipes. It has some of Hollywood's famous stars,from Mike Douglas to Rue McClanahan and over a hundred in between. It includes profiles,ponderings,menus,and recipes.What a delightful book with a wonderul collection recipes from days gone by and the stars who enjoyed them.A must read for anyone who enjoys Hollywood,stars gone by, and of course recipes. I enjoyed "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook". This author has created a treasure to be shared with others and to keep in your kitchen. Received for an honest review from the publisher.Details can be found at Health Communications,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews. RATING:4 REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    These books are about the most fun you can have standing up...:) I also own the Christmas version of this series and they are just the best. Each recipe has a funny and interesting anecdote to go with it and a large dollop of camp. The recipes range from fancy and complicated to simple snacks and desserts. The recipes themselves are very do-able and are totally going to inspire Dead Celebrity themed food parties for myself and probably many others that read these books. So fun and actually usefu These books are about the most fun you can have standing up...:) I also own the Christmas version of this series and they are just the best. Each recipe has a funny and interesting anecdote to go with it and a large dollop of camp. The recipes range from fancy and complicated to simple snacks and desserts. The recipes themselves are very do-able and are totally going to inspire Dead Celebrity themed food parties for myself and probably many others that read these books. So fun and actually useful as well. You can't not love a book that has a recipe for Rock Hudson's cannoli and Yvonne de Carlo's Exotic Chicken Ecstasy and Mae West's Fruit Compote all in the same place. Each recipe has a cool story and the complete recipe to something each star was know for (are we surprised that the fiercely Yankee Bette Davis made "Red Flannel Hash"?). Such fun and really useful for cooks and food lovers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Frank DeCaro combines pop culture and potboiling recipes in this wacky guide to serving up tasty meals with an accompanying TV show theme song. It's a loving tribute to departed celebs and their obscure cooking advice, culled the editor's obsessive collection via out of print books and magazines. Enjoy Bill Bixby's zucchini bread; Elizabeth Montgomery's potted shrimp; Truman Capote's fettucine; Klaus Nomi's lime tart (Wait. What?) Yep, these are actual recipes culled from celebrities. Enjoy making Frank DeCaro combines pop culture and potboiling recipes in this wacky guide to serving up tasty meals with an accompanying TV show theme song. It's a loving tribute to departed celebs and their obscure cooking advice, culled the editor's obsessive collection via out of print books and magazines. Enjoy Bill Bixby's zucchini bread; Elizabeth Montgomery's potted shrimp; Truman Capote's fettucine; Klaus Nomi's lime tart (Wait. What?) Yep, these are actual recipes culled from celebrities. Enjoy making these comfort food dishes while enjoying your favorite retro sitcom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Smith

    Love the nostalgia of this book. Awesome celebrity recipes.... definitely will be busy cooking/baking. There is even a quiche recipe that is none others than Alfred Hitchcock. Probably my favorite cookbook

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Considerably more campy than I was expecting. I'd give the recipes 2 1/2 stars for appeal, and 3 stars for the commentary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    It was interesting to read celebrity recipes, but I don't think I would make anything in the cookbook. Also, I would have liked pictures of at least some of the items.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Campy, funny...we'll see about the recipes!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul Ditroia

    A fun book. The recipes are a bit mediocre even for the home cook, but the anecdotes and asides by the author are worth the price of admission.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abraham Ray

    nice cookbook from dead celeberties

  13. 4 out of 5

    patty ramona

    Funny. Hope to try a few of the recipes. One of the better "celebrity" cookbooks.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darren L. Debo

  15. 4 out of 5

    Puhnner

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stockfish

  18. 4 out of 5

    Drea Calihan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anya Morgan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angie Lisle

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason Cable

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen Walker

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul Ditroia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harlow

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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