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on February 4, 2014
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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on December 2, 2012
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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on November 8, 2012
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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on January 12, 2014
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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THE DEAD CELEBRITY COOKBOOK PRESENTS CHRISTMAS IN TINSELTOWN by Frank DeCaro is an interesting cookbook. If you enjoy Christmas cookbooks,memories and celebrity recipes with a bit of information on the actor/actress you will adore this title. From James Stewart's Spareribs with Barbecue sauce to Robert Mitchum's Eggnog,Lucille Ball's Nut stuffing,Joan Crawford's Angel Food Cake and Norman Rockwell's Oatmeat Cookies and many,many more than you are sure to delight in the rest of the list. Filled with not only recipes but with Hollywood memories. What a great holiday gift to any one who enjoys cooking or collecting recipe books. A must! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Health Communications,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 5

HEAT RATING: NONE(COOKBOOK)

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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on April 2, 2013
Author: Frank DeCaro
Published by: Health Communications
Age Recommended: ALL
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe" by Frank DeCaro is really a great book for the holidays. If you are a movie lover or cook this book is for you being filled with the bygone era of the true stars that really are good. You will also find "terrific tales of long ago era and the stars that created those memories for many people." Not only is the book a great gift idea, for it is a wonderful book full of antidotes. You will find Frank DeCaro is 'hilarious and full of pop culture and Hollywood ennui.'

"Christmas in Tinseltown" features recipes for the holiday season and all year around. All of the celebrities who are featured have a special connection to the holidays. Frank DeCaro's funny, friendly narrative writing style adds a warmly witty tone to the book, and the recipes run the gamut from simple to superb. The chapters are divided into courses, and the titles are quite punny: "It's a Wonderful Lunch"; "Miracle Whip on 34th Street", "Munch of the Wooden Soldiers", and "What a Fruitcake", just to name a few. Here are some recipes that really caught my eye: "James Stewart's Spareribs with Barbeque Sauce"; "Jimmy Durante's German Cole Slaw"; "Red Skelton's Ham Hock and Lima Beans"; "Natalie Wood's Beef Stroganoff"; "Dinah Shore's Fruitcake";"William Frawley's Mulligan Stew"; and "Oliver Hardy's Baked Apples with Honey and Almonds". Just like the original "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook","Christmas in Tinseltown" is delicious from appetizer through to after-dinner drink." That just about says it all. These are great recipes all rolled up into this great collection.

I am a cookbook collector and indeed these are some of the best recipes of the bygone era and would make a wonderful gift for any movie buff. So, if you are looking for a special recipe book for the holiday, I would recommend: "Christmas in Tinseltown."
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on December 17, 2012
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.
It is clear that the younger generations might not necessarily recognise the Hollywood stars referred to here. So no Tom Cruise Trifles or American Pie special Yuletide logs here, but this need not be off-putting either. It can help educate (or confuse) a new generation of viewers.
The book is sufficiently different, quirky and intriguing with a fairly low price to make it quite an impulse buy or gift idea. Just don't take it too seriously, go with a smile and an open mind. At the worst case you'll end up with many different recipes. But prepare to receive a lot of information. Some useful and some, well... read and see.
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on December 9, 2012
Author Frank DeCaro has another winner with "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: Christmas in Tinseltown"! This book is a fantastic follow-up to the fabulous original "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook". Hollywood holiday traditions and recipes are served up in sensational style and given extra luster with the addition of great photos of favorite stars. The sweet and snappy "Christmas Tidbits" that accompany the celebrity bios and recipes are perfect appetizers for the feast to follow. I am a true foodie and film fan--a devoted aficionado of the entertainment world. I learned to cook from my wonderful Gran, who also loved movies and movie stars. Frank DeCaro brings back many wonderful memories and offers new insights to the lives of stars and star-makers of the screen and stage. "Christmas in Tinseltown" features recipes for the holiday season and all year around. All of the celebrities who are featured have a special connection to the holidays. Frank DeCaro's funny, friendly narrative writing style adds a warmly witty tone to the book, and the recipes run the gamut from simple to superb. The chapters are divided into courses, and the titles are quite punny: "It's a Wonderful Lunch"; "Miracle Whip on 34th Street", "Munch of the Wooden Soldiers", and "What a Fruitcake", just to name a few. Here are some recipes that really caught my eye: "James Stewart's Spareribs with Barbeque Sauce"; "Jimmy Durante's German Cole Slaw"; "Red Skelton's Ham Hock and Lima Beans"; "Natalie Wood's Beef Stroganoff"; "Dinah Shore's Fruitcake"; "William Frawley's Mulligan Stew"; and "Oliver Hardy's Baked Apples with Honey and Almonds". Just like the original "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook", "Christmas in Tinseltown" is delicious from appetizer through to after-dinner drink. If you are a "food and film fan", and so are your friends and family, then you will want to collect these books and also gift them to others.

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on November 17, 2012
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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on September 14, 2013
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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