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Hollywood Dish: More Than 150 Delicious, Healthy Recipes from Hollywood's Chef to the Stars Hardcover – January 19, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly

Reading like the strange love child of a gossip column and a cookbook, this book intersperses tales of old school Hollywood stars like Mae West and Greta Garbo among ur-Californian recipes. The author, a chef and caterer to the stars, tilts vegetarian in dishes like Seared Tempeh Cobb Salad, an appealing twist on the classic (which originated in a restaurant founded by "a well-known gourmet who happened to be Gloria Swanson's husband"). Johnny Weissmuller, the first Tarzan, inspired Green Chile Soy Mac and Cheese, and the author attributes Cauliflower Chive Puree to Frank Sinatra Jr.'s album Spice and the cookbook that accompanied it. Dr. Bieler's Broth, a key component of a 1970s health regimen, is surprisingly good despite its virtuous ingredients-the leeks and celery turn gently sweet after a long simmer. Other recipes are equally tasty: rich and spicy Thai Chicken and Daikon Curry, sinful Honey-Goat's Milk Flan and addictive Almond Eggplant Balls, delicious with tomato sauce and cheese. The only off note in the book is the author's excessive reverence for the golden age of Hollywood that seeps into her recipe descriptions. Luckily, they're not integral to the recipes and can be easily skipped.
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About the Author

Akasha Richmond is the chef/owner of Akasha's Visionary Cuisine, which has prepared meals and catered parties for numerous celebrities and Hollywood events. She is the cofounding chef of Eaturna, an all-natural food company devoted to revolutionizing the way people eat, with delicious and beneficial meals for every day. She is also a contributing editor to Vegetarian Times magazine, a national spokesperson for Silk Soymilk, and a consultant to natural food companies and restaurants. Visit her website at chefakasha.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; First Edition edition (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332412
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Orange County Register
July 7, 2006

by Judy Bart Kancigor, author of Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family

When I was growing up I lived for the movies. I devoured Photoplay magazine from cover to cover and daydreamed I would meet my idols like Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter. Well, Rock is long gone, but who knew that decades later I'd be eye to eye with Tab <sigh> still gorgeous after all these years.

I attended the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA in April mainly for the food demonstrations at the cooking stage, but it's a huge venue, and just about everyone hawking a new book was there, including Tab, signing his memoir for adoring fans.

Back at the cooking stage, Akasha Richmond, private chef and caterer to the stars, was dishing some Hollywood trivia herself as she demonstrated recipes from her new cookbook, "Hollywood Dish," a collection of 150 health-filled recipes interspersed with fascinating tidbits and Hollywood gossip.

Richmond's client list includes such A-list luminaries as Michael Jackson, Carrie Fisher, Al Pacino, Pierce Brosnan and Richard Gere. When Billy Bob Thornton wanted a wheat-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner, he called Richmond, who began her career in the late seventies as chef of the Golden Temple, one of LA's first vegetarian restaurants. When celebrities started clamoring for her healthy menus, she began catering Hollywood parties and became personal chef to Barbra Streisand among others, later moving on to cook for the MTV awards shows, Sundance Film Festival and the Grammies.
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I loved this book! You don't even need to cook to enjoy it -- the stories and sidebars are a delightful read just by themselves. And if you do cook -- WOW! the recipes are different without being strange, with interesting twists on some standards, and some great new ideas, and all of them are healthy and yet sound utterly delicious. I've already done a dozen or so recipes, and every one was a huge hit. I have a lot of cookbooks, but this one instantly became one of my favorites. DOn't miss it!
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The author weaves historical stories of the people who made diet and exercise a focus for Hollywood folks in with recipes for healthy and tasty foods. It's hard to beat "useful and enjoyable" when it comes to cookbooks!
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This is more than a cookbook. The recipes are imaginative, fun and really tasty. I made the Kabusha Squash soup and it was yummy. The added history of healthy food in Hollywood is the "icing on the cake." It made this book stand out from all the rest. Who knew old Hollywood was so healthy? I love reading about Mary Pickford and all the way up to Billy Bob Thornton and their healthy eating habits. This is a real find!!
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I was very pleased with how this book flowed. There are great stories of old and new hollywood and the recipes are easy to follow, and there is not one that I have not enjoyed. If I had to pick which recipe I loved the most it would have to be the CINNAMON-RAISIN BREAD, it is just outstanding and no one in your family would be the wiser that they actually are eating healthy. A must buy for anyone!!!
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