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

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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 Screen, Frank DeCaro—the flamboyantly funny Sirius XM radio personality best known for his six-and-a-half-year ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ever since he attended a Dead Celebrity party in college that lacked the all-important feature of dishes recommended by the deceased stars, DeCaro has been collecting celebrity cookbooks in order to prevent that from ever happening again. Here, the former Daily Show movie critic shares highlights from over 145 stars (and the term "star" is used loosely) for appetizers, mains, sides, and snacks. Jim Backus's chili, Sophie Tucker's meat loaf, and Buddy Ebsen's Chiffon Eggs are unremarkable, and since DeCaro doesn't provide sources for his recipes, it's difficult to work up interest, let alone inspiration, to break out the cookware. Even DeCaro admits that some dishes, such as Paul Lynde's beef stew and Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing," are bland. Entertaining bright spots, such as Bob Crane's Lamb Kebabs or Dean Martin's Burgers and Bourbon, aren't enough to save the book. DeCaro's introductions frequently make little to no mention of the dish; instead he focuses on the performer's career, making for a rather disjointed read. This, combined with the lack of a source guide, make for an incomprehensible collection that will please only the most hardcore stargazers. (Oct.)
epicurious.com - Sara Bonisteel
"A veritable who's who of Hollywood's Golden Age."
– Sara Bonisteel, epicurious.com
foxnews.com - Elena Ferretti
"The book marries DeCaro's twin obsessions with movie/celebrity/pop culture and food. The recipes reflect a happier time when carbs, mayo and butter were still considered friendlies…"
– Elena Ferretti, foxnews.com
OutSmart - Blase DiStefano
"You don't cook, you say? No matter. Ignore the recipes and read the wonderful bios of celebs."
– Blase DiStefano, OutSmart, Houston TX.
The Post-Star - Doug Gruse
"Liberace is dead and gone. But his sticky buns will live on for eternity."
– Doug Gruse, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY.
southphillyreview.com - Phyllis Stein-Novack
"A good laugh…organized in a humorous way…"
– Phyllis Stein-Novack, southphillyreview.com
1037theloon.com - Lynn Quale
"This is so cool! I found it on amazon.com and placed my order immediately!"
– Lynn Quale, 1037theloon.com
delish.com - Lauren Donaldson
"It's time to plan your holiday feasts...why not try something a little different this year? Perhaps Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. Or Mae West's Fruit Compote...."
– Lauren Donaldson, delish.com
www.fierth.com - MargOH Channing
"Kids, I highly recommend Frank DeCaro's book The Dead Celebrity Cookbook. It's much more than a cookbook. Frank also dishes about the celebrities and the films and TV shows they were in. You get a sense of the admiration and love Frank has for his dead celebs. It's a fun romp! Even though I love my Jamie Oliver easy peezies from now on I'll grab this book. Frank DeCaro knows his food and a good caftan when he sees it!"

—MargOH Channing/ www.fierth.com

Edge, Philadelphia and Boston - Philadelphia and Boston Edge
"Anyone who loves Hollywood memorabilia is an entertainment junkie, and loves to eat and cook…will treasure The Dead Celebrity Cookbook."
– Edge, Philadelphia and Boston
LA Weekly - Amy Scattergood
"The perfect gift for your favorite cook."
– Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly
The Village Voice - Michael Musto
"Chow down on your favorite dead stars' recipes. Come on, it won't kill you!"
– Michael Musto, The Village Voice
New York Post - Billy Heller
"Flip on a movie channel and get cooking! Required reading."
– Billy Heller, New York Post
Netgalley - Charla Wilson
I could not wait to review this book when I saw it on NetGalley! One of my great passions is old Movies, so I really wanted to see inside this book. About the only channel I ever watch on TV is Turner Classic Movies and I have watched some of these people so many times that I feel like I know them. This book helps me get to know them even better. When I got my hands on the book, I couldn't put it down! It is jam packed with really wonderful recipes from all of the best stars. Not only is it loaded with really great recipes, Frank Decaro shares some of his insight into the movies and TV shows the stars were in. Of course most of his insights are food related, which I loved. I really loved his writing on The Lucy Show. Also included are 6 recipes from Lucille Ball. He gives a short narration of Lucy's worst food fiasco's, and there were a lot of them. I also loved his re-count of Batman's sidekick, Robin's expressions. For example, "Holy Guacamole," "Holy Eggshells," etc., and about 15 more, along with recipes from the cast of Batman. There are so many recipes in this book that I want to make, but I don't know where to start. But, I am definitely going to make Katherine Hepburn's Brownies, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avacado and Mushrooms, Claudette Colbert's Cheese and Olive Puffs, Greer Garson's Capirotada, Vivien Leigh's Fruta Alumina, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash and Lucille Ball's Apple John. These are just a few of the recipes that I want to make. One of the main things I like about this cookbook is that even though these are recipes from Movie Stars, the ingredients are easy to find and the directions are easy to follow. Also, Frank DeCaro gives his tips for some of the recipes. For instance, if he thinks something needs additional ingredients or updating, he mentions that information following the recipe. Something that I find comforting is that these stars eat the same kind of foods that I eat. For instance, Gene Rodenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Fred McMurray's Flemish Pot Roast, and Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. I could go on and on because there is no end to the wonderful treasures in this book. Since I am reviewing this from a NetGalley copy, I am pre ordering it from Amazon. I don't want to miss anything this book has to offer. Thank you Frank DeCaro for writing this wonderful book. Now I can eat like the Stars!

Please visit http://wwwriverplantation.blogspot.com for my full review

Charla Wilson

Netgalley

I could not wait to review this book when I saw it on NetGalley! One of my great passions is old Movies, so I really wanted to see inside this book. About the only channel I ever watch on TV is Turner Classic Movies and I have watched some of these people so many times that I feel like I know them. This book helps me get to know them even better. When I got my hands on the book, I couldn't put it down! It is jam packed with really wonderful recipes from all of the best stars. Not only is it loaded with really great recipes, Frank Decaro shares some of his insight into the movies and TV shows the stars were in. Of course most of his insights are food related, which I loved. I really loved his writing on The Lucy Show. Also included are 6 recipes from Lucille Ball. He gives a short narration of Lucy's worst food fiasco's, and there were a lot of them. I also loved his re-count of Batman's sidekick, Robin's expressions. For example, "Holy Guacamole," "Holy Eggshells," etc., and about 15 more, along with recipes from the cast of Batman. There are so many recipes in this book that I want to make, but I don't know where to start. But, I am definitely going to make Katherine Hepburn's Brownies, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avacado and Mushrooms, Claudette Colbert's Cheese and Olive Puffs, Greer Garson's Capirotada, Vivien Leigh's Fruta Alumina, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash and Lucille Ball's Apple John. These are just a few of the recipes that I want to make. One of the main things I like about this cookbook is that even though these are recipes from Movie Stars, the ingredients are easy to find and the directions are easy to follow. Also, Frank DeCaro gives his tips for some of the recipes. For instance, if he thinks something needs additional ingredients or updating, he mentions that information following the recipe. Something that I find comforting is that these stars eat the same kind of foods that I eat. For instance, Gene Rodenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Fred McMurray's Flemish Pot Roast, and Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. I could go on and on because there is no end to the wonderful treasures in this book. Since I am reviewing this from a NetGalley copy, I am pre ordering it from Amazon. I don't want to miss anything this book has to offer. Thank you Frank DeCaro for writing this wonderful book. Now I can eat like the Stars!

Please visit http://wwwriverplantation.blogspot.com for my full review

--Charla Wilson

— Charla Wilson

bonappetit.com
"While Halloween might come only once a year, there's never a bad time for The Dead Celebrity Cookbook."
– bonappetit.com
New York Post
"Flip on a movie channel and get cooking! Required reading."
– Billy Heller, New York Post
— Billy Heller
Entertainment Weekly
"We hear Rock Hudson's Cannoli is delicious!"
Entertainment Weekly
people.com
"In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCaro has collected and presented an array of recipes by beloved (and dead) stars…."
– people.com
oprah.com
"Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol may be gone, but their favorite dishes will never be forgotten. Try one tonight!"
– oprah.com
epicurious.com
"A veritable who's who of Hollywood's Golden Age."
– Sara Bonisteel, epicurious.com
— Sara Bonisteel
foxnews.com
"The book marries DeCaro's twin obsessions with movie/celebrity/pop culture and food. The recipes reflect a happier time when carbs, mayo and butter were still considered friendlies…"
– Elena Ferretti, foxnews.com
— Elena Ferretti
LA Weekly
"The perfect gift for your favorite cook."
– Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly
— Amy Scattergood
The Village Voice
"Chow down on your favorite dead stars' recipes. Come on, it won't kill you!"
– Michael Musto, The Village Voice

— Michael Musto
healthbistro.lifescript.com
"The recipes are killer. Slip on your oven mitts and get cooking!"
– healthbistro.lifescript.com
DadofDivas-reviews.blogspot.com
"A great collection of recipes…the book shares some very interesting stories and tidbits about each of the celebrities that you might not know unless you were a true fan."
– DadofDivas-reviews.blogspot.com
OutSmart
"You don't cook, you say? No matter. Ignore the recipes and read the wonderful bios of celebs."
– Blase DiStefano, OutSmart, Houston TX.
— Blase DiStefano
wolfharrison.com
"An awesome new foodie book on the block…"
– wolfharrison.com
comfortbites.blogspot.com
"If you want to get closer to your favorite stars, this book is an excellent find. A great book for any movie star fan – and it gives a little peek into the lives of these stars that are sadly no longer with us, but are still adored all over the world."
– comfortbites.blogspot.com
celebrityviplounge.com
"This is definitely a one-of-a-kind compilation!"
– celebrityviplounge.com
foodista.com
"The most morbid and intriguing cookbook around."
– foodista.com
The Post-Star
"Liberace is dead and gone. But his sticky buns will live on for eternity."
– Doug Gruse, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY.

— Doug Gruse

98country.com
"These are the stars many of us grew up watching...With this cookbook you have a chance to bring a part of them into your home. What better way to remember your favorite celebrities than through food!"
– 98country.com
southphillyreview.com
"A good laugh…organized in a humorous way…"
– Phyllis Stein-Novack, southphillyreview.com
— Phyllis Stein-Novack
1037theloon.com
"This is so cool! I found it on amazon.com and placed my order immediately!"
– Lynn Quale, 1037theloon.com
— Lynn Quale
lifeofaturnip.com
"The Dead Celebrity Cookbook proved to be a great idea for a Halloween party…the night was a ton of fun and one of the best Halloween parties I have ever thrown or attended."
– lifeofaturnip.com
delish.com
"It's time to plan your holiday feasts...why not try something a little different this year? Perhaps Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. Or Mae West's Fruit Compote...."
– Lauren Donaldson, delish.com
— Lauren Donaldson
www.fierth.com
"Kids, I highly recommend Frank DeCaro's book The Dead Celebrity Cookbook. It's much more than a cookbook. Frank also dishes about the celebrities and the films and TV shows they were in. You get a sense of the admiration and love Frank has for his dead celebs. It's a fun romp! Even though I love my Jamie Oliver easy peezies from now on I'll grab this book. Frank DeCaro knows his food and a good caftan when he sees it!"

--MargOH Channing/ www.fierth.com
— MargOH Channing

Provincetown Magazine - Steve Desroches
"The cookbook gives an infinite amount of ideas for quirky dinner parties, irreverent barbeques, and interesting menus for holiday gatherings."

—Steve Desroches, Provincetown Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757315961
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 644,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank DeCaro (New York, NY) is heard each weekday morning on his own live national call-in program, "The Frank DeCaro Show," on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which now boasts more than 25 million subscribers. His guests have run the gamut from Ernest Borgnine to Tom Ford—on one three-hour show!—and his following across North America is as loyal as it is diverse.
An accomplished home cook and an even better eater, DeCaro writes the "Now Remember" column for CBS Watch magazine. Previously, he wrote the "Style Over Substance" column for The New York Times. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, he has written for myriad publications including The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Vogue and TV Guide.
Both a writer and a performer, DeCaro co-created the 2010 YouTube sensation "Betty White Lines," a rap tribute to the Golden Girls star which was featured on the Today show, Showbiz Tonight, and dozens of blogs, and got more than 100,000 hits in its first week online.
In addition, the award-winning DeCaro is the author of the groundbreaking A Boy Named Phyllis: A Suburban Memoir, which Vanity Fair called "hilarious" and The Advocate credited as opening the door for David Sedaris and "the gay American humorist as everyman." His follow-up work, a coffee table biography called Unmistakably Mackie: The Fashion and Fantasy of Bob Mackie, earned a B+ in Entertainment Weekly. Visit the author at FrankDeCaro.com and deadcelebritycookbook.com.

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Make Room for Dinner
Father may have known best on classic TV shows, but never in the kitchen. The breadwinner was never the bread baker in the '50s and '60s. Maybe TV was just reflecting the gender roles of the day, but cooking was usually a woman's job. You didn't see Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) at the stove on Happy Days. That was Mrs. C's bailiwick. (The show premiered in the 1970s, I know, but it was set in the 1950s.)
If a family was lucky, or a wife was liberated, food preparation was the domestic's duty. Mike Brady (Robert Reed) and his wife Carol (Florence Henderson) had Alice (Ann B. Davis) to whip up pork chops and applesauce on The Brady Bunch. Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) charged Louise (Amanda Randolph) with making everything from lasagna to matzo ball soup on Make Room for Daddy. And Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki) saw to it that Eddie (Brandon Cruz) and Mr. Eddie's Father (Bill Bixby) didn't starve on The Courtship of Eddie's Father. If you didn't want to hire someone, you could always play the widower card and rook a relative into kitchen duty. Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) and his Three Sons not only had Bub (William Frawley), but when he split, they got Uncle Charlie (William Demarest) to cook for them. Off screen, though, TV dads did cook. The men whose recipes appear in this chapter were secure enough in their manhood to don an apron, grab a spatula, and do it. If they can, so can you, Daddy-O.
T V lovers remember him as the soft-spoken father on My Three Sons, but filmgoers know him best cast as the insurance agent in on the con in Double Indemnity. Working from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, MacMurray appeared in such varied fare as The Absent-Minded Professor and its sequel Son of Flubber, the stylish sex comedy The Apartment, and the killer-bee disaster movie, The Swarm. He is said to have valued time spent with his own family so much that he made sure all of his scenes for My Three Sons were shot first. That may have made life hell for his cast mates, but he sounds like a pretty good real-life dad. His pot roast is enough for three sons or more.

Fred MacMurray's Flemish Pot Roast
In a heavy Dutch oven, brown meat in oil, turning to brown both sides. In a separate pan, sauté onions until pale golden color. Sprinkle with flour and cook 2 minutes. Pour in beer and bring to a boil, stirring. Then pour over meat. Add brown sugar, vinegar, bay leaf, garlic, and salt. Cover and simmer 2 hours, or until juices are slightly thickened. Strain juices into a bowl. Spoon onions into a vegetable bowl. Carve meat. Pass sauce and onions at the table with the meat.

4–5 pound beef
chuck roast 1 tablespoon oil 4 medium onions, sliced 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 (12-ounce) can of beer 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 bay leaf 2 cloves garlic 1½ teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons parsley

Danny Thomas 1912-1991
As Danny Williams, the nightclub Comic and father on the long-running sitcom popularly known as Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas was a fixture on television for more than a decade, surviving one wife (Jean Hagen), getting another (Marjorie Lord) and, for a while, even playing pop to an Italian exchange student portrayed by Annette Funicello. He was dapper and funny and loud; and no one has ever done a better spit take. Behind the scenes, he was an executive producer on such TV series as The Mod Squad, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. As a real-life dad, he had an effect on television, too, by producing three children, two of whom, Marlo and Tony, went on to work in the business. Marlo starred in the early feminist sitcom That Girl, while Tony executive produced The Golden Girls. Danny Thomas's greatest accomplishment, though, was probably his founding of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a legacy to which his children dedicate themselves today. He was a proud Lebanese-American and his recipe for fatayer reflects that.

Last Bites
Thomas liked to make cameo appearances on the series he produced. His most famous was on The Dick Van Dyke Show in an episode called 'It May Look Like a Walnut!'—a sci-fi spoof featuring a closetful of walnuts and written by series creator Carl Reiner. Thomas played Kolak, an alien from the planet Twilo, in the 1963 installment of the classic comedy.

Danny Thomas's Fatayer
Combine flour, oil, salt, dissolved yeast, and water and mix well. Knead until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1½ hours. While dough is rising, combine lamb, onions, lemon juice, yogurt, pine nuts, and spices. Roll dough thin and cut out in 3-inch rounds. Fill dough patties with meat mixture. Shape into half moons, and score a vent for steam to escape. Place on a greased baking sheet, brush tops with oil and bake in a 375° oven for one hour.

8 cups flour 3 tablespoons oil 1 tablespoon salt 1 packet cake yeast,
dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water 2½–3 cups lukewarm water 3 pounds lamb, coarsely ground 4 medium onions,
chopped fine 1–2 cups fresh lemon juice ½ cup plain yogurt ¾ cup pine nuts, sautéed lightly in butter Salt, pepper, and allspice,
to taste

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Everything and More - Nothing is missing.

    Frank Decaro has created a labor of love with these reciepes. I have already tried the banana pudding reciepe and since I don't like advocatoes I just left them out and Elizabeth Taylor's reciepe still works. Although Frank Decaro is an incredible comedian, you should take this book with all the revelance and love that went into this book. Wish I could give it more than a 5 rating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Okay But Missing Important Gay Reciepes

    No Judy Garland pill mixing Receipes, Dean Martin drink Recipes, or anything from Barbara Striesand. What is in the book is good it just isn't complete.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Interesting for a short time

    Many of the recipes are redundant; even though it's from a different celebrity and there may be some changes in the ingredients, there are several versions of several recipes. It's interesting to read the background about some of the celebrities, but I didn't find any "drop dead" (if you will excuse the pun) recipe that I had to try immediately. However, for younger people who didn't know some of these people, the history might be interesting to them.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    WONDERFUL AND FUN!

    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

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

    Love the recipes and the commentary

    Frank DeCaro really brings to live the dead celebrities highlighted in the cookbook. I love that most recipes are fairly simple and the commentary regarding each celebrity really makes this more than a cookbook, it is an entertaining read as well!

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    A Must-Have For Halloween!

    This book is more than a cookbook. First of all, it's written by the hilarious Frank DeCaro of Sirius XM and a one time Daily Show regular. It has 145 stars of stage and screen, each with their own unique recipes. No, these recipes did NOT kill them. I've tried a few and they're actually quite good (my personal favorite is Robert Reed's Beef & Biscuit Casserole). Frank writes anecdotes about each person in the book, and frankly, if you just want to skip the recipes and read these, it's worth the price. Halloween is coming and wouldn't it be perfect to have a dead celebrity party with a menu that includes these recipes? I'm sure Madeleine Kahn's foot cookies would be the perfect treat. Actually, its the only cookbook I've read all the way through.

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    Posted November 26, 2011

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