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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757315968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"While Halloween might come only once a year, there's never a bad time for The Dead Celebrity Cookbook."
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"We hear Rock Hudson's Cannoli is delicious!"
Entertainment Weekly (Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly)

"In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCaro has collected and presented an array of recipes by beloved (and dead) stars…."
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"Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol may be gone, but their favorite dishes will never be forgotten. Try one tonight!"
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"A veritable who's who of Hollywood's Golden Age."
– Sara Bonisteel, (Sara Bonisteel

"The book marries DeCaro's twin obsessions with movie/celebrity/pop culture and food. The recipes reflect a happier time when carbs, mayo and butter were still considered friendlies…"
– Elena Ferretti, (Elena Ferretti

"The recipes are killer. Slip on your oven mitts and get cooking!"
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"A great collection of recipes…the book shares some very interesting stories and tidbits about each of the celebrities that you might not know unless you were a true fan."
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"You don't cook, you say? No matter. Ignore the recipes and read the wonderful bios of celebs."
– Blase DiStefano, OutSmart, Houston TX. (Blase DiStefano OutSmart)

"An awesome new foodie book on the block…"
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"If you want to get closer to your favorite stars, this book is an excellent find. A great book for any movie star fan – and it gives a little peek into the lives of these stars that are sadly no longer with us, but are still adored all over the world."
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"This is definitely a one-of-a-kind compilation!"
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"The most morbid and intriguing cookbook around."

"Liberace is dead and gone. But his sticky buns will live on for eternity."
– Doug Gruse, The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY.
(Doug Gruse The Post-Star)

"These are the stars many of us grew up watching...With this cookbook you have a chance to bring a part of them into your home. What better way to remember your favorite celebrities than through food!"

"A good laugh…organized in a humorous way…"
– Phyllis Stein-Novack, (Phyllis Stein-Novack

"This is so cool! I found it on and placed my order immediately!"
– Lynn Quale, (Lynn Quale

"The Dead Celebrity Cookbook proved to be a great idea for a Halloween party…the night was a ton of fun and one of the best Halloween parties I have ever thrown or attended."

"It's time to plan your holiday feasts...why not try something a little different this year? Perhaps Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. Or Mae West's Fruit Compote...."
– Lauren Donaldson, (Lauren Donaldson

"Kids, I highly recommend Frank DeCaro's book The Dead Celebrity Cookbook. It's much more than a cookbook. Frank also dishes about the celebrities and the films and TV shows they were in. You get a sense of the admiration and love Frank has for his dead celebs. It's a fun romp!  Even though I love my Jamie Oliver easy peezies from now on I'll grab this book. Frank DeCaro knows his food and a good caftan when he sees it!"

--MargOH Channing/ (MargOH Channing

If you are a foodie and film fan, then you will think you have died and gone to heaven when you read "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook"! Recipes and reflections are blended together with rollicking, rowdy, revelry, and a smashing time will be had by all! Author Frank DeCaro enlightens and entertains with facts and food finds from legendary stars of stage and screen, and the results are delicious. I love to sit down with a cup of coffee and read a cookbook. Since this book is filled with as many stories as it has recipes, it is one of the most readable and enjoyable cookbooks that I own. The chapters are categorized by the contributor's claim to fame, such as: "Musical Munchies"; "Sitcom Moms Really Cook"; "Dance This Mess Around"; and "A Feast of Funny Fellows". The skill level of the chefs ranges from kitchen-capable to titan of take-out, and the recipes run the realm between truly taste tempting to seriously strange and somewhat scary. Dom Deluise's "Doodlewoppers"--who knew?!? Just kidding--those "Doodlewoppers" sound like darn good cookies!!! "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" is a decadent delight from cover to cover. The amazing range of recipes is as equally appealing as the royal roster of legendary luminaries from the world of entertainment. A "must have" for the kitchen library of true devotees of the silver screen and the silver palate.

--Virginia Campbell, Clifton Forge, VA (Virginia Campbell

"The cookbook gives an infinite amount of ideas for quirky dinner parties, irreverent barbeques, and interesting menus for holiday gatherings."

—Steve Desroches, Provincetown Magazine (Steve Desroches Provincetown Magazine)

"Anyone who loves Hollywood memorabilia is an entertainment junkie, and loves to eat and cook…will treasure The Dead Celebrity Cookbook."
– Edge, Philadelphia and Boston (Edge, Philadelphia and Boston Edge, Philadelphia and Boston)

"The perfect gift for your favorite cook."
– Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly (Amy Scattergood LA Weekly)

"Chow down on your favorite dead stars' recipes. Come on, it won't kill you!"
– Michael Musto, The Village Voice
(Michael Musto The Village Voice)

"Flip on a movie channel and get cooking! Required reading."
– Billy Heller, New York Post (Billy Heller New York Post)

I could not wait to review this book when I saw it on NetGalley! One of my great passions is old Movies, so I really wanted to see inside this book. About the only channel I ever watch on TV is Turner Classic Movies and I have watched some of these people so many times that I feel like I know them. This book helps me get to know them even better. When I got my hands on the book, I couldn't put it down! It is jam packed with really wonderful recipes from all of the best stars. Not only is it loaded with really great recipes, Frank Decaro shares some of his insight into the movies and TV shows the stars were in. Of course most of his insights are food related, which I loved. I really loved his writing on The Lucy Show. Also included are 6 recipes from Lucille Ball. He gives a short narration of Lucy's worst food fiasco's, and there were a lot of them. I also loved his re-count of Batman's sidekick, Robin's expressions. For example, "Holy Guacamole," "Holy Eggshells," etc., and about 15 more, along with recipes from the cast of Batman. There are so many recipes in this book that I want to make, but I don't know where to start. But, I am definitely going to make Katherine Hepburn's Brownies, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avacado and Mushrooms, Claudette Colbert's Cheese and Olive Puffs, Greer Garson's Capirotada, Vivien Leigh's Fruta Alumina, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash and Lucille Ball's Apple John. These are just a few of the recipes that I want to make. One of the main things I like about this cookbook is that even though these are recipes from Movie Stars, the ingredients are easy to find and the directions are easy to follow. Also, Frank DeCaro gives his tips for some of the recipes. For instance, if he thinks something needs additional ingredients or updating, he mentions that information following the recipe. Something that I find comforting is that these stars eat the same kind of foods that I eat. For instance, Gene Rodenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Fred McMurray's Flemish Pot Roast, and Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie. I could go on and on because there is no end to the wonderful treasures in this book. Since I am reviewing this from a NetGalley copy, I am pre ordering it from Amazon. I don't want to miss anything this book has to offer. Thank you Frank DeCaro for writing this wonderful book. Now I can eat like the Stars!

Please visit for my full review

--Charla Wilson

(Charla Wilson Netgalley)

Dinner and a (Dead) Movie (Star)

If you'd relish a chance to rifle through the cabinets of the rich and famous, Frank DeCaro's The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen (HCI, Oct.) is for you. The title, which is to enjoy a 25,000-copy first printing, compiles recipes ranging from Lucille Ball's persimmon cake to Ricardo Montalban's carne asada.

Author Frank DeCaro was the movie critic for almost seven years on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He now hosts The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. To promote the title, DeCaro will create a YouTube video along the lines of "Betty White Lines," a 2010 rap tribute to the Golden Girls star that garnered more than 100,000 hits in its first week online. The video went on to be featured on The Today Show.—N.D. (N.D. Publishers Weekly)


"I love these dead celebrities! They're the stars I grew up watching and they deserve to be remembered even if they were more talented on screen than they were in the kitchen. Frank clearly worships them as much as I do, and after reading The Dead Celebrity Cookbook you will, too." -- Rosie O'Donnell

(Rosie O'Donnell)

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 and, and on Facebook, and follow him at Photograph by Erica Berger at

Customer Reviews

Great stories and great recipes!
genevieve bianco
Frank DeCaro has done a wonderful job writing this, and divulging great gossip, and stories about the (Sadly) Dead Celebrities.
Read through this book like in a whole weekend.
Tracey Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on December 16, 2011
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I agree with the other reviewers-this book is a lot of fun. It's got some great recipes but also some great stories about the celebs who offered the recipes and some gossip as well! I admit I might never cook something from this book, (but then again, some of the recipes look really good) but it's enough that I enjoyed reading it cover to cover and then passed it along to my mother (age 75+) who also enjoyed it. If you are buying this for an actual cookbook a la Food network, maybe not so much. And if you are buying this for someone who is 20-30 something and part of the reality tv generation, maybe not. Most of the celebs are older (they're dead, right?)but if you're a fan of classic movies and classic television this can't be beat for a guilty pleasure!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on January 5, 2012
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I'm not a huge fan of celebrity cookbooks. I'm sure there are several celebs who are well known home chefs, perhaps some have even worked in the food industry, but by and large, judging by their humdrum recipes, vague directions and general lack of knowledge, it seems to me that most celebs eat out more than they stay in.

But, with that said, there are lots of fun recipes here, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Gene Roddenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Mabel King's Banana Fritters, Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie, Dom Deluise's Doodlewoppers and Madeline Kahn's Foot Cookies (no feet involved, only sugar, flour and regular cookie stuff)

Bette Davis was my Grandma Florence's second favorite actress (Debbie Reynolds was her first). When I was twelve, I came down with a bad case of bronchitis right before Thanksgiving vacation and my grandma stayed with me while my mother and stepfather left town to visit family.

Grandma wasn't a great cook, in fact, she was famous for her dreadful cooking (peanut butter and mint jelly sandwiches, buttered pizza, crunchy apple marshmallow strudel) so we ate jello, crackers and store bought pumpkin pie while watching old movies. I remember staying up late (my cough medicine made sleeping difficult) and watching A Pocketful of Miracles with Grandma, we both cried at the end (it is such a sweet movie, you really should check it out if you haven't seen it before).

Anyways, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash recipe caught my eye right off. First, there's the name, Red Flannel Hash. Does it contain flannel? Do you cook it in flannel? Neither it turns out, I made this hash of potatoes, beef and beets and posted a pic on my blog (with a few modern updates and it was delectable and pretty). I know my Grandma Flo would have loved it too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donna K on December 1, 2011
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What could be better than a good read with good recipes? And who knew that big stars like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis not only knew their way around a kitchen but also ate food that ordinary people love? Banana pudding is a holiday staple in our house - made the easy way, with pudding mix. Not this christmas! We're using Dusty Springfield's Banana Pudding recipe- made from scratch. And while I work in the kitchen I'll put her CD in and dance around the room. To quote the author, Frank DeCaro, we'll see if her banana pudding lives up to the same high standards that she set for her music!

That comment is an example of why this cookbook is such an enjoyable read. Frank DeCaro has done his homework. It's obvious that he enjoyed writing the book, and he is a big fan of these celebrities AND the recipes.From Anne Bancroft's Che Che Pasta to yvonne De Carlo's Exotic Chicken Ecstasy, he has given readers a vignette of the celebrities along with a recipe which is entirely "do-able" for anyone. From the appetizer to the desert, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks - this is an enjoyable read which will result in good eats!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denise Barteet on December 10, 2011
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I LOVED this cookbook & bought one for a friend. Not only do some of
the recipes look great, reading the bios was worth the price of the
book. It really brings back memories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kline on December 29, 2011
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Frank - I listen to your show almost every day. I bought this book as a present but will have to buy another for myself. It is fantastic! Everyone should have this in their kitchen!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marty Martindale on November 18, 2011
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The Dead Celebrity Cookbook:
A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen
By Frank De Caro

If you have an aunt or uncle, who is very hard to find a gift for, look no further, this book's for them!

The author, De Caro, is famed himself for being the flamboyant movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He presents his stars in a yearbook format, but without pictures. He first refreshes the reader about the highlights of the each star's show or movie career, reminds us of the years they lived, then launches into one of their recipes. He also adds a few "Post Mortem" comments here and there.

The book offers a categoried Table of Contents with titles such as "Talk Chow," "I Lunch Lucy," "Pool Party on Sunset Boulevard," "A Feast of Funny Fellows" and there's many more. Or, if the reader knows who they are after, they can go straight for the handy index.

Here's some of the offerings:

Jack Paar's Clupp Soup
Otto Preminger's Deviled Eggs
Lawrence Welk's Lake Tahoe Meat Loaf
Karen Carpenter's Chewy Pie
Michael Jackson's Sweet Potato Pie
Sandy Dennis's Taramousalata
Joan Crawford's Poached Salmon
Ertha Kitt's Chicken Wings
Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms
Bette Davis's Red Flannel Hash
Lucille Ball's "Chinese-y Thing"
Fred McMurray's Flemish Pot Roast
Frank Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb
Janet Leigh's Gateau Dore
Donna Reed's Bisque Tortoni
May West's Fruit Compote
Imogene Coca's Beef Quixote
Guilda Radner's Dutch Apple Cake
John Wayne's Favorite Casserold
Raymond Burr's Chicken Lolo

And on they go until DeCaro covers 145 of them. This is a great pop culture gift.
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