The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen [NOOK Book]

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 ...

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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
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

And many other meals 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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757391644
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 373,496
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • 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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