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The Brown Derby Hardcover – 1 Nov 1996


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (1 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847819256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847819256
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,759,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
An excellent and most interesting history of The Brown Derby written by the founder's widow (Sally Cobb) and Mark Willems.
A wonderful photographic essay of many of The Brown Derby's clientele during the Golden Age of Hollywood. This book also includes many of the Derby's most famous receipes as well.
After ordering a copy for myself, I then ordered several additional copies for friends and family members who knew many of the individuals photographed at the Derby and which are shared with us by Mrs. Cobb and Mr. Willems.
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By A Customer on 1 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
We were eating at the Brown Derby at Disneyworld MGM studios and the waiter brought us a copy of this book. Its a lot of fun with great photos, a good history of the Brown Derby, and lots of trivia about the hollywood leagends who frequented the Derbys. The famous Cobb Salad recipe and other favorites are found throughout the book, appropriately located next to the stars who loved those particular dishes.
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You don't have to be a fan of "old" Hollywood to enjoy this wonderful book about a famous restaurant and its even more famous clientele. Fascinating stories accompanied by wonderful pictures. This is only enhanced by the actual recipes of this great restaurant. A wonderful coffee table book that will start conversations about movies, movie stars and great food.
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Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a lover of "old Hollywood" to enjoy this fascinating collection of stories about the stars and recipes from one of the world's most famous restaurants. A wonderful coffee table book that starts great conversation and stories. A must have for your library!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Brown Derby: Wonderful Photos and Stories 22 Jan 2000
By Tony Mauk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A priceless photo collection of Hollywood Stars that have never been released or seen since the 1940's and 1950's. The photos are from the late Sally and Bob Cobb's personal photo collection and some photos were taken by Geroge Hurrell. The stories are captivating, heart warming and a part of Hollywood history that is a must for movie buffs and the novice a like. Clark Gable and Bob Cobb spent many years together, hunting and fishing. One night after the kitchen at the Durby was closed, Bob mixed a salad together made mostly from left overs. Since that night the famous salad has been referred to as the "Cobb Salad". The story that best describes the Cobbs is the one story about the WWII soldier..very touching! A great gift or a nice coffee table conversation item!
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Where's George??? 19 Jan 2006
By Arthur E. Thompson, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who today could know anything about the Brown Derby restaurant and not immediately recall what generated its legendary fame? Was it the food? The service? The décor? The clientele? Of course it's a given that all these were truly exceptional, yet none adequately explains how any Tom, Dick, or Harry from Kalamazoo would be so well acquainted with the name of this particular restaurant. After all, they were not patrons. For us non-celebrities, the Brown Derby probably entered our world through the hilarious exploits of Lucille Ball in the television situation comedy "I Love Lucy" in which she starred along with husband Desi Arnaz. Who can forget Lucy's attempts to be "discovered" by a studio executive, or to get a closer look at William Holden, at the Brown Derby?

If you lived in greater Los Angeles at that time, you might have heard live KNX 1070 News Radio broadcasts at noon from the Brown Derby, and the question of the day would always be, "Tell us, George, who's at the Brown Derby today?" That was how Lucy knew which celebrities were at the Brown Derby. And, because Lucy knew, all of America knew: this Brown Derby restaurant was the stars' favorite gathering place.

So, what's the point of this review? Simply the sad fact that "George," the maître d', radio announcer, friend of Robert Cobb, and the central figure to all the famous patrons at the Brown Derby restaurant, is no where to be seen in any of the multitude of celebrity photographs in the book. It had to be the most deliberative, vexing, and laborious part of Mrs. Cobb's work in producing this incomplete book to find enough photographs that somehow did not show a trace of Mr. George Aguilera among the celebrity patrons. It was no oversight. Word is that following Mr. Cobb's death, major differences arose between the Head Waiter and Mrs. Cobb as to business practices, and that Mr. Aguilera took an uncompromising stand in favor of maintaining the renowned level of quality, rather than to expand the tourist element, and in so doing, risk losing the exceptional level of service of which he was justifiably proud to offer his friends. This book is testament to the bitter parting of ways that resulted. How ironic then, that Mr. Aguilera's face, commonly seen on Brown Derby advertising billboards that said, "Go see George...," appears nowhere in this book of photographs. Nor will you find any evidence that the man who announced to the world the presence of his famous dining guests, his friends, was ever there himself. I rate this book as missing at least one star.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Brown Derby Restaurant: A Hollywood Legend 29 Mar 2002
By Jerry Mezerow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is interested in old Hollywood must read this book.It is not only filled with pictures andrecipes, but nostalgia and history ofbygone days.Robert Cobb, not only owned the BrownDerby, but also owned a baseball team.The Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League was in existence from 1939to 1957. The Los Angeles Dodgers cameWest in 1958 and the Stars were gone.The book was co-written by Sally Cobb,widow of the owner. Her personal thoughts and love are written throughout this book. I personally ama collector of old menu's and a historian regarding the Pacific CoastLeague. I certainly was fascinated andwrapped up in the book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Photos! Fabulous Stories! Fabulous Food! 27 July 1999
By Mike Turner (turnerm@toysrus.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a fan of "old" Hollywood to enjoy this wonderful book about a famous restaurant and its even more famous clientele. Fascinating stories accompanied by wonderful pictures. This is only enhanced by the actual recipes of this great restaurant. A wonderful coffee table book that will start conversations about movies, movie stars and great food.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great photos and hollywood trivia! 1 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We were eating at the Brown Derby at Disneyworld MGM studios and the waiter brought us a copy of this book. Its a lot of fun with great photos, a good history of the Brown Derby, and lots of trivia about the hollywood leagends who frequented the Derbys. The famous Cobb Salad recipe and other favorites are found throughout the book, appropriately located next to the stars who loved those particular dishes.
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