The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe

by Frank DeCaro


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Now you can put some gam in your holiday ham with The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook. When it comes to holiday fun, the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age knew how to make merry - on stage, on screen, and especially on the dinner table. With The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook - the follow-up to his international sensation The Dead Celebrity Cookbook - Frank DeCaro shows how to put the kitsch into your holiday kitchen as he salutes a quirky collection of celebrities who are gone, but fondly remembered every year at Christmastime.

Filled with pop culture ruminations and genuine (and genuinely delicious) recipes of the stars, The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook hails such movie classics as It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, gives three cheers for such time-honored animated gems as Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and puts such offbeat offerings as The Star Wars Holiday Special in their rightful place - the dining room!

Serving up such chapters as 'Miracle Whip on 34th Street, ' 'Eat Meat in St. Louis, ' and 'Munch of the Wooden Soldiers, ' DeCaro dishes up an attic-full of culinary delights garnished with his signature wit and cultural observations. Feast on such temptations as Peggy Lee's Holiday Halibut Casserole, Burl Ives's Stuffed Leg of Goat Hawaiian, Nat 'King' Cole's Ham Loaf, Barbara Stanwyck's Christmas Kipfels, Dinah Shore's Fruitcake, and Spike Jones's Molasses Jumbles. Even the Grinch himself - Boris Karloff - shares a recipe! Wash them all down with Edmund Gwenn's Christmas Cup and John Lennon's Cocoa. With The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook, you also can decide which makes for a better New Year's Eve, Guy Lombardo's Lobster Lombardo or Dick Clark's Spicy Turkey Meatloaf. There's nothing auld about them!

The book is the ultimate hostess gift, and one that won't get buried in the cupboard. Placing the accent on mirth - and casting a forgiving eye toward Santa's girth - The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook promises to get even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit and liven up any gathering. It'll have you saying your 'ho, ho, ho's' in true Hollywood style, this year and for many years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757317002
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,103,036
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, 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 radio guests have run the gamut from Justin Bieber to Ernest Borgnine, and his following across North America is as loyal as it is diverse.

Known as both a writer and a performer, DeCaro pens the "Icons" column on vintage television for CBS's Watch! magazine. For years as a fashion editor, he wrote the "Style Over Substance" column for The New York Times. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, DeCaro has written for myriad publications including The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Vogue, and TV Guide.

As a performer, DeCaro has appeared on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Joy Behar Show, and numerous talking-head programs. He is best known for his six-and-a-half-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show and a forty-episode run of the game show I've Got a Secret. In 2010, he cocreated the 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. DeCaro lives with his husband, writer Jim Colucci, in New York City and suburban New Jersey. Visit the author at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 It's a wonderful Lunch

Beulah Bondi's Baked Eggs 11

James Stewart's Spareribs with Barbecue Sauce 14

Lionel Barrymore's Fettuccine Alfredo 17

Donna Reed's Lemon Bundt Cake 20

2 Miracle whip on 34th Street

Thelma Ritter's Seafood Dip 27

Jack Albertson's Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork 30

Natalie Wood's Beef Stroganoff 33

Wiuiam Frawley's Mulligan Stew 35

John Payne's Lamb Casserole with Port Wine 37

Darryl F. Zanuck's Chicken Curry 40

Edmund Gwenn's Christmas Cup 42

3 I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas cookie

Rosemary Clooney's Viennese Goulash 50

Danny Kaye's Stir-Fried Oysters and Shrimp 53

Bing Crosby's Sugar Cookies 56

4 A Feast of Fabulous Forgotten 40s Features

Barbara Stanwyck's Christmas Kipfels 64

Charles Ruggles's Cauliflower and Mushroom Casserole 67

Dennis Morgan's Stuffed Steak 69

Gale Storm's Chicken Cacciatore and Noodles Parmesan 71

Don DeFore's Cheese Fondue Casserole 73

Joan Blondell's Buffet Ham 75

Reginald Denny's Broiled Lobster Tails 77

George Brent's Saratoga Potatoes 79

Janet Leigh's Individual Cheese Soufflé 81

Robert Mitchum's Eggnog 83

Wendell Corey's New England Boiled Dinner 86

5 Eat Meat in St. Louis

Judy Garland's Ham Casserole with Sherry 93

Vincente Minnelli's Chicken 96

6 Munch of The Wooden Soldiers

Stan Laurel's Ham Ring Mold 101

Oliver Hardy's Baked Apples with Honey and Almonds 103

7 Animation Mastication

Jim Backus's Avocado Salad Dressing 110

Boris Karloff's Halibut Royale 113

Charles M. Schulz's Favorite Seven-Minute Frosting 116

8 Rankin the Narrators

Fred Astaire's Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles 123

Greer Garson's Guacamole 125

Burl Ives's Stuffed Leg of Goat Hawaiian 127

Jimmy Durante's German Cole Slaw 129

Shirley Booth's Pumpkin Bread 131

Red Skelton's Ham Hock and Lima Beans 134

9 "Force" Yourself to Be Merry

Bea Arthur's Avocados with Jellied Consommé 140

Art Carney's Avocado, Grapefruit, and Endive Salad 143

Alec Guinness's Baked Stuffed Peaches 145

Harvey Korman's Chicken Stew 148

10 What a Fruitcake!

Dinah Shore's Fruitcake 153

11 A Christmas Homecoming

Edgar Bergen's Swedish Meatballs 160

Patricia Neal's Sunshine Parfait 162

12 A Dozen Holiday Platters

Eartha Kitt's Crocked Rabbit with Winter Vegetables 167

Dean Martin's Baked Potatoes with Caviar 170

Maxene Andrews's Greek-Style Rice Pilaf 173

Gene Autry's Texas Chili 175

Nat "King" Cole's Baked Ham Loaf 178

Elvis Presley's Hush Puppies 181

Peggy Lee's Holiday Halibut Casserole 183

Karen Carpenter's Peach Mabel 186

Ray Conniff's Wine Cake 188

Marlene Dietrich's Zabaglione 190

Spike Jones's Molasses Jumbles 192

John Lennon's Hot Cocoa 194

13 Just a Little Christmas Now

Lucille Ball's Brazil Nut Stuffing 201

Joan Crawford's Angel Food Cake 204

14 Mr. & Mr. New Years eve

Dick Clark's Spicy Turkey Meatloaf 210

Guy Lombardo's Lobster Lombardo 213

15 One for the Road

Norman Rockwell's Oatmeal Cookies 218

Acknowledgments 219

About the Author 221

Index 222

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