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The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe Paperback – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757317006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757317002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
 
--Darren Ingram, owner of YUM.FI

(Darren Ingram http://yum.fi/ & Netgalley)

"Refining the approach he pioneered in 2011's The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, DeCaro returns with a holiday-themed collection of the good, bad, and ugly dishes purportedly served by a litany of Hollywood stars."

--Publishers Weekly, October 2012



"DeCaro 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."

--Connie Withay

"A great holiday gift to any one who enjoys cooking or collecting recipe books. A must!"

--April R, MyBookAddiction.com

"Not only will people be raving about how good each dish is as they reach for seconds, but you will have a great conversation piece when you tell the about the cookbook you got the recipe from."

Robin McCoy Ramirez, inspiredbysavannah.com

About the Author

Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, is heard each weekday morning on his own live national call-in program, The Frank DeCaro Show, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which now boasts more than 25 million subscribers. His radio guests have run the gamut from Justin Bieber to Ernest Borgnine, and his following across North America is as loyal as it is diverse. 

Known as both a writer and a performer, DeCaro pens the "Icons" column on vintage television for CBS's Watch! magazine. For years as a fashion editor, he wrote the "Style Over Substance" column for The New York Times. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, DeCaro has written for myriad publications including The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Vogue, and TV Guide.

As a performer, DeCaro has appeared on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Joy Behar Show, and numerous talking-head programs. He is best known for his six-and-a-half-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show and a forty-episode run of the game show I've Got a Secret. In 2010, he cocreated the YouTube sensation "Betty White Lines," a rap tribute to the Golden Girls star which was featured on the Today show, Showbiz Tonight, and dozens of blogs, and got more than 100,000 hits in its first week online. 

In addition, the award-winning DeCaro is the author of the groundbreaking A Boy Named Phyllis: A Suburban Memoir, which Vanity Fair called "hilarious" and The Advocate credited as opening the door for David Sedaris and "the gay American humorist as everyman." His follow-up work, a coffee table biography called Unmistakably Mackie: The Fashion and Fantasy of Bob Mackie, earned a B+ in Entertainment Weekly. DeCaro lives with his husband, writer Jim Colucci, in New York City and suburban New Jersey. Visit the author at deadcelebritycookbook.com.


More About the Author

Best known for his years as the flamboyant movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Frank DeCaro is heard each weekday morning on his own live national call-in program, The Frank DeCaro Show, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which now boasts 20 million subscribers. Both a writer and performer, DeCaro also pens the "Icons" column on classic television for CBS's Watch! magazine. The author of the pioneering memoir A Boy Named Phyllis and the coffee-table biography Unmistakably Mackie: The Fashion and Fantasy of Bob Mackie, DeCaro previously wrote the "Style Over Substance" column for The New York Times. His work has appeared in such magazines as Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living, GQ, and Vogue. Visit the author at frankdecaro.com and deadcelebritycookbook.com, and on Facebook, and follow him at twitter.com/frankdecaroshow. Photograph by Erica Berger at www.ericaberger.com.

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The recipes are good too.
T-Whit
With a return for the holidays this book is a must for the old movie lover, cook, and general crazy person to enjoy.
LykaReynard
Not only is the book a great gift idea, for it is a wonderful book full of antidotes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee Long on February 4, 2014
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By garthtrucker on January 12, 2014
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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!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Young on October 2, 2012
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Frank Decaro has done it again, even if the dead celebrities featured can't. A perfect book for holiday entertaining! It's a fun thing!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Papina on December 2, 2012
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MARK THOMAS GREGG on November 17, 2012
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Just buy it, you will like it and will want to give as gifts !!! I may just buy another!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LykaReynard on November 8, 2012
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With a return for the holidays this book is a must for the old movie lover, cook, and general crazy person to enjoy. Filled with snipits of glam from a bygone era of true stars it is nice to have a way to connect with them through their recipes and a good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T-Whit on January 1, 2014
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Frank DeCaro is a cheerful queen who loves his celebrities and he has compiled a fun little cookbook with cute stories. The recipes are good too.
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