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From a Ronald Reagan birthday bash, Elizabeth Taylor's afternoon tea, George Washington's Christmas brunch or the last meal of serial killer Ted Bundy, Collectible Meals: Real Menus from History and Hollywood has a story to suit your celebration. Every type of meal- from the most elaborate of dinners to a simple bowl of chili- can be found.
Recreating an actual meal is a fun, accessible way to share a moment in history. It is inexpensive, authentic, verifiable and available to everyone. This is a book of menus, not recipes; Collectible Meals emphasizes the circumstances instead of the ingredients in this exciting new collection of meals from Rob DiSilvestre.
About the Author
Rob DiSilvestre started assembling this unique menu collection in 1999. Today he owns what is believed to be the largest library of collectible meals in the world. Collectible Meals: Real Menus from History and Hollywood is the first of a series highlighting some of his favorite menus.
Mr. DiSilvestre is a former telecommunications executive turned freelance writer and author. He lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina with his wife and two children.
Posted January 3, 2003
Collectible Meals is one of those little gems you can instantly connect with. A Collectible Meal is simply the menu of a meal shared by a famous celebrity or historic figure and the circumstances surrounding the meal. Each meal- there are about fifty of them- contains a brief discussion of the celebrity, events surrounding the meal and the complete menu. There are celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to John Wayne in the book. Historic figures include George Washington, Ronald Reagan and Gianni Versace. The cool thing about this book is that you don't really have to be a cook to present an interesting meal to your family or party guests. No recipes fill the pages; the author makes a point of saying that you can pour the meal out of a can; the menu, not the ingredients drives Collectible Meals. Many meals, like Princess Diana's or Grace Kelly's, are really very simple. For the gourmet cook, there are elaborate feasts such as the last meal on the Titanic or Washington's Farewell to Officer's dinner. There are holiday meals like Stonewall Jackson's Christmas feast for Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. Several last meals from famous condemned criminals like Ted Bundy would make a spooky Halloween dinner! This book is a short, fast read. I can't wait for the next one. It is well-written and a definite addition to my kitchen. I know I have a new hobby. Happy collecting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.