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The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

A Resurrection of Recipes by More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen

Published by Health Communications Inc EB
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

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.

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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Product Details

  • Publisher: Health Communications Inc EB (October 3, 2011)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780757391644

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Raves and Reviews

Dinner and a (Dead) Movie (Star) If you'd relish a chance to rifle through the cabinets of the rich and famous, Frank DeCaro's The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen (HCI, Oct.) is for you. The title, which is to enjoy a 25,000-copy first printing, compiles recipes ranging from Lucille Ball's persimmon cake to Ricardo Montalban's carne asada. Author Frank DeCaro was the movie critic for almost seven years on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He now hosts The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. To promote the title, DeCaro will create a YouTube video along the lines of "Betty White Lines," a 2010 rap tribute to the Golden Girls star that garnered more than 100,000 hits in its first week online. The video went on to be featured on The Today Show.—N.D.

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.–

A good laugh…organized in a humorous way…– Phyllis Stein-Novack,

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.–

A veritable who's who of Hollywood's Golden Age.– Sara Bonisteel,

An awesome new foodie book on the block…–

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

Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol may be gone, but their favorite dishes will never be forgotten. Try one tonight!–

Chow down on your favorite dead stars' recipes. Come on, it won't kill you!– Michael Musto, The Village Voice

Flip on a movie channel and get cooking! Required reading.– Billy Heller, New York Post

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 for my full review --Charla Wilson

If you are a foodie and film fan, then you will think you have died and gone to heaven when you read "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook"! Recipes and reflections are blended together with rollicking, rowdy, revelry, and a smashing time will be had by all! Author Frank DeCaro enlightens and entertains with facts and food finds from legendary stars of stage and screen, and the results are delicious. I love to sit down with a cup of coffee and read a cookbook. Since this book is filled with as many stories as it has recipes, it is one of the most readable and enjoyable cookbooks that I own. The chapters are categorized by the contributor's claim to fame, such as: "Musical Munchies"; "Sitcom Moms Really Cook"; "Dance This Mess Around"; and "A Feast of Funny Fellows". The skill level of the chefs ranges from kitchen-capable to titan of take-out, and the recipes run the realm between truly taste tempting to seriously strange and somewhat scary. Dom Deluise's "Doodlewoppers"--who knew?!? Just kidding--those "Doodlewoppers" sound like darn good cookies!!! "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" is a decadent delight from cover to cover. The amazing range of recipes is as equally appealing as the royal roster of legendary luminaries from the world of entertainment. A "must have" for the kitchen library of true devotees of the silver screen and the silver palate. --Virginia Campbell, Clifton Forge, VA

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.–

In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCaro has collected and presented an array of recipes by beloved (and dead) stars….–

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,

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/

Liberace is dead and gone. But his sticky buns will live on for eternity.– Doug Gruse, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY.

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,

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

The most morbid and intriguing cookbook around.–

The perfect gift for your favorite cook.– Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly

The recipes are killer. Slip on your oven mitts and get cooking!–

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!–

This is definitely a one-of-a-kind compilation!–

This is so cool! I found it on and placed my order immediately!– Lynn Quale,

We hear Rock Hudson's Cannoli is delicious!– Entertainment Weekly

While Halloween might come only once a year, there's never a bad time for The Dead Celebrity Cookbook.–

You don't cook, you say? No matter. Ignore the recipes and read the wonderful bios of celebs.– Blase DiStefano, OutSmart, Houston TX.

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