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

Frank DeCaro
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The toast of Christmas past is back and not a moment too soon! In The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook, Frank DeCaro serves up culinary delights from Edmund Gwenn's Christmas Cup to Bing Crosby's Sugar Cookies and celebrates the best of the season's movies, TV specials, and music. Recipes from such late luminaries as Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, Burl Ives, Dinah Shore, and even Boris Karloff are featured in chapters saluting fabulous amusements like Miracle on 34th Street, Meet Me in St. Louis, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Plus recipes from singers like Eartha Kitt ("Santa Baby"), Elvis Presley ("Blue Christmas"), and John Lennon ("Happy Xmas (War is Over)") celebrate the best holiday platters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2584 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NW9NOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,114,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some useful and some, well... read and see. 17 Dec. 2012
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
With each passing year it gets harder and harder to publish a book combining food, Christmas/holiday season and general entertaining topics without being repetitive and rather samey. Fortunately the publishers of this book have got over that problem for the 2012 Holiday Season!
In essence author Frank De Caro of "Dead Celebrity Cookbook" fame digs into his archives to rustle up a Holiday Season menu full of Hollywood glamour, glitz and a dashing of kitsch for good measure from `Golden Years' past. Surrounding the recipes is a veritable mixed bag of facts, trivia and at times disturbing commentary. Split into 15 pun-filled chapters, the recipes don't fail to disappoint and elicit the odd groan when you hear the name - just like a Christmas cracker you cannot help but laugh at the awful puns that accompany them.
Beulah Bondi's Baked Eggs, Joan Blondell's Buffet Ham, Rosemary Clooney's Viennese Goulash and Judy Garland's Ham Casserole with Sherry all vie for mind and table space with Stan Laurel's Ham Ring Mould, Dinah's Shores Fruitcake and John Lennon's Hot Cocoa. Some of the images that the recipe names begin to generate, before you even get to their page in the book, could put many mind-enhancing illegal substances to shame. You know you just have to read them to know "What The Flip" (careful...) has Norman Rockwell to do with Oatmeal Cookies!
The recipes themselves, save for the somewhat bizarre names, seem to cover a fairly broad range of delights that could find a place on your Holiday Table. Certainly there is nothing onerous or troubling about the recipes. Pictures tend to focus on the stars rather than the food. This is probably not an issue as not so many people will be buying this book just for the recipes. They tend to form a useful adjunct to the broader picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Dec. 2014
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A great book so pleased to have it in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 14 Sept. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave as Christmas presents to my family members. They thought it was a hoot! Can't wait until the next edition. Great job Frank - CTRL-C, CTRL-V! LOL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift for the Foodie/Movie Buff 3 Dec. 2012
By Anne Papina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Since I tend to collect cookbooks and love Christmas movies, this was right up my alley. More than a collection of recipes, though, DeCaro digs into the past, filling the pages with tidbits about some of our favorite holiday movies and the stars who played in them. I mean, who knew that Vera-Ellen's voice was dubbed in White Christmas? Or that Bennie Haynes, the "dog-faced boy" who appears momentarily in a snapshot, was Alfalfa from Our Gang? Just from the White Christmas crew alone we get recipes such as Danny Kaye's Stir-Fried Oysters and Shrimp; Bing Crosby's Sugar Cookies; and Rosemary Clooney's Viennese Goulash.

There are enough recipes in here to pull together your own retro Hollywood glam party. You could start off the evening with Thelma Ritter's Seafood Dip. Perhaps Jack Albertson's Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork or Burl Ive's Stuffed Leg of Goat Hawaiian could take center stage. That's right, I said leg of goat. Finish off the evening with a cup of John Lennon's Hot Cocoa and one of Barbara Stanwyck's Kipfels. If you have a big enough crew, whip up a batch of Robert Mitchum's Eggnog, it serves 20! And that's just a small taste of the contents. Christmas in Tinseltown is filled with recipes from a bygone era and is an ideal gift for the movie buff on your Christmas list.

Note: The publisher provided a review copy for my site, Webicurean.com.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gossip amid the Tinsletown recipes 4 Feb. 2014
By Dee Long - Published on Amazon.com
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DeCaro accompanies every recipe with a fun, tongue-in-cheek irreverance about the stars featured. This cookbook is a wonderful trip down memory lane of the Hollywood of yore and their recipes are for the most part, one-dish, easy to make dishes that have withstood the test of time. Don't wait till Xmas to order a copy because these are recipes easy to use for family suppers or parties year-round.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first!!! 12 Jan. 2014
By garthtrucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a huge fan of Frank DeCaro, I purchased this after reading and enjoying the first Dead Celebrity Cookbook. I didn't think it was possible for him to come up with something better, but he has done it! This book is entertaining and fun and has some really great recipes in it! I plan on working my way through the recipes in 2014 and I hope that you do too! Great job Frank!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Dead Celebrities Made for Holiday Meals 17 Nov. 2012
By connywithay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Title: The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown
Author: Frank DeCaro
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN-13:978-0-7573-1700-2

"After all, Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can leave a host or hostess wondering what to serve that he or she has never served before," Frank DeCaro states in his introduction to his new volume of "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown - Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories for Six Feet Under the Mistletoe."

At two hundred and thirty-pages, this paperback book shows a black and white photograph of actress Joan Crawford carving a holiday turkey on the front cover. The back cover explains the book and has a short biography of the author including his photograph. With over sixty recipes, the book is ideally targeted to movie buffs that have a fixation with deceased actors and their lives, especially as it relates to foods they made during the holidays. Those from the Depression era might enjoy the book as most of the deceased are from the black and white movie era so Baby Boomers and younger generations may not know some movies, characters or artists.

The book is separated into fifteen chapters, usually themed by a specific movie or genre of film or song, each listing past performers. Besides a short biography of the artist and demise or other interesting information, one of his or her food recipes is written out with ingredients, preparation and cooking time. Unfortunately, there are few artist photographs and no finished meal photographs so one cannot visualize the artist or if they have duplicated the famous person's meal. There are short, usually humorous Christmas tidbits in almost every chapter along with two complete Christmas and New Year's Eve prepared meal menus and an extensive index that lists all titles and players by name and page mentioned.

From Edmund Gwenn's (born 1877 and played the old elf in Miracle on 34th Street) non-alcoholic Christmas apple cider to Dick Clark's (born 1929 and host of Times Square's Countdown) spice turkey meatloaf to young Karen Carpenter's (born 1950 and singer of Merry Christmas Darling) peach mabel, one can recreate past celebrities' memories. In addition to Stan Laurel's ham ring mold or Oliver Hardy's baked apples with honey and almonds, readers can recall famous holiday movies and songs such as It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas in Connecticut or The Christmas Song.

Some celebrities' recipes are simplistic and mundane, unlike their onscreen personalities; others have panache with flavored findings of avocados, aromatic bitters, cream of tartar, leg of goat, whole peppercorns, or Marsala wine.

DeCaro, who plans his family's Christmas dinner theme five years in advance, not only takes the reader back to the past holidays of film, song and dance of those celebrities who have gone before us, but finds a creative way to keep their memories alive, even at our dinner tables.
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