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

By Frank DeCaro

If you have an aunt or uncle, who is very hard to find a gift for, look no further, this book’s for them!

The author, De Caro, is famed himself for being the flamboyant movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He presents his stars in a yearbook format, but without pictures. He first refreshes the reader about the highlights of the each star’s show or movie career, reminds us of the years they lived, then launches into one of their recipes. He also adds a few “Post Mortem” comments here and there.

The book offers a categoried Table of Contents with titles such as “Talk Chow,” “I Lunch Lucy,” “Pool Party on Sunset Boulevard,” “A Feast of Funny Fellows” and there’s many more. Or, if the reader knows who they are after, they can go straight for the handy index.

Here’s some of the offerings:

Jack Paar’s Clupp Soup

Otto Preminger’s Deviled Eggs

Lawrence Welk’s Lake Tahoe Meat Loaf

Karen Carpenter’s Chewy Pie

Michael Jackson’s Sweet Potato Pie

Sandy Dennis’s Taramousalata

Joan Crawford’s Poached Salmon

Ertha Kitt’s Chicken Wings

Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms

Bette Davis’s Red Flannel Hash

Lucille Ball’s “Chinese-y Thing”

Fred McMurray’s Flemish Pot Roast

Frank Sinatra’s Barbecued Lamb

Janet Leigh’s Gateau Dore

Donna Reed’s Bisque Tortoni

May West’s Fruit Compote

Imogene Coca’s Beef Quixote

Guilda Radner’s Dutch Apple Cake

John Wayne’s Favorite Casserold

Raymond Burr’s Chicken Lolo

And on they go until DeCaro covers 145 of them. This is a great pop culture gift.



Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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