The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

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

by Frank DeCaro

HCI Publishing

Pub. Date: October 3, 2011


Do you often find yourself making dinner and stop to wonder how Lucille Ball would make that goulash?  Or making hash for breakfast and want to see it through Bette Davis’s eyes?  Or maybe you really crave a taste of Liberace’s sticky buns?  If so, then there is there is finally a cookbook for your crazy cravings and celebrity hankerings.

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook is a comprehensive guide to the favorite dishes of the late stars.  Frank DeCaro has compiled over 145 recipes taken from magazine clippings, newspapers, journals, and many other long-forgotten sources to resurrect the great tastes these celebrities have given us.  From Merv Griffen to Claudette Colbert to Vivien Leigh and Don Ho, this cookbook takes us on a tour of the stars, giving us background and tidbits on each one, and ending with recipe to help them live on through food.

While The Dead Celebrity Cookbook to be a bit more graphically appealing, it is an overall satisfying experience.  DeCaro supplies us with his version of the map of the stars, taking us on a trip through memory lane and bygone days.  It is one part Hollywood obsession and two parts tasty homage, resulting in a substantial collection.  So, the next time you find yourself wanting Rock Hudson’s cannoli, just open up this book and dive into the recipe.


This book can be purchased at, as well as your local independent bookseller. 

For more about Frank DeCaro, go to his website here.


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