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Mar 22, 2007 11:02 AM

Celebrity--not "celebrity chef"--cookbooks

I was looking through a cookbook by Sophia Loren the other day and I was wondering if anyone had a favoritte celebrity cookbook(s). I really regret not buying a cookbook by Richard Deacon that I saw at a thrift store a few years ago. Deacon played Mel Cooley on "The Dick Van Dyke" show. When I was in Bonnie Slotnik's cookbook shop in NYC, she said that a lot of people are interested in Uta Hagen's cookbooks. Who knew? Then there's my friend who really loves Isaac Hayes soul food cookbook. She swears by it. Has anyone cooked out of any of Patti LaBelle's cookbooks? Fatih Ford's? Amy Sedaris's? Naomi Judd's? Any other more unusual selections?

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  1. Well, I don't have it, but Dolly Parton has a cookbook out, which I thought was kind of unusual. I'm betting someone will get it for me, (probably my grandma) because I like Dolly! (Yes, I am proud to admit it- I have a sweatshirt that says "Have a very Dolly Christmas!" with her in a white jumpsuit! Too much information, right?! ;-) Gladys Knight also has one: Big fan of hers too, so I'm betting my dad will get me that one at some point! I might have to check out Half Price Books for some celebrity ones. I've actually heard good things about Patti LaBelle's.

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      You're preachin' to the choir as far as Dolly is concerned. I think she's a national treasure! I had no idea that she had a cookbook out. That's exciting! She'll be competing with Tammy Wynette's and Loretta Lynn's cookbooks (I have both).

    2. I always have liked the Chinese Chicken Salad recipe from Dom DeLuise's Eat This cookbook

        1. re: Dave Westerberg

          I've owned this for many years and absolutely treasure it. Not only are there restaurant menus and recipes but the volume also contains the Price's own recipes.

          Breast of Capon au Whiskey and the Konigsberger Klops are our family favorites.

          1. re: Sherri

            Looks like you can still get lots of copies cheaply at Abebooks:

          2. re: Dave Westerberg

            Its a great book...good reading. I've seen it on Amazon for as much as $ has become a collector's gem. Wife bought it years ago for $5.00.

            1. re: OldTimer

              Hang onto your wife - she's got a great eye. See if she can spot Digby Anderson's "THE SPECTATOR, book of Imperative Cooking". It is getting pricey also.

            2. re: Dave Westerberg

              I found Vincent's on ebay for $45 dollars because my mother wouldn't let me take hers. I watched many copies soar over $100. It has the best recipe of Paella I've ever made, and also a section on the restaurant "Chavez Ravine" - in other words, Dodger Stadium in LA (hot dogs of course)!

              1. re: bobbyperu

                I'm keeping an eye on several listed on eBay as well. Looking forward to reading it!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Just got my copy form abebooks--a later printing so only $28. It really is a nice book. Fun to read.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Hi Linda - did you get one yet?

                    I just received my copy today. As usual, the CHs put the bug in my ear to buy another cookbook to add to my collection. Just flipping through the book, I can't wait to go through it tonight. Lucked out on Ebay, 1965, first edition, excellent condition, for $18.27.

                    Hmmm... hope we didn't bid against each other! It was this one:

                    1. re: Rubee

                      RUBEE!!! You stinker. And lucky bidder! You got it for a GREAT price! I think I had yours on watch, but it went off on Thursday at 9am-ish. I was flat out at work trying to get stuff done all day so I could take Friday off with a clear conscience.

                      I've bid on a couple, but $21.05 was my highest bid - both books I bid on went for $27 and $35, respectively. Both 1st edition, printed in 1965.

                      I'll just keep plugging away. And I might take a trip to the NE Mobile Book Fair this weekend.

                      Enjoy the book - can't wait to finally get one!

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Good luck!

                        Keep me posted, and then we can start on a thread on what recipes we try : )

                        1. re: Rubee

                          Rubee - I got my book today! I started thumbing through it (went to the Boston-area restaurants first) and can't wait to read through it and flag recipes I want to try - what an absolutely gorgeous book this is!

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            You will love it!

                            Btw, could you please email me when you get a chance? -

                2. re: Dave Westerberg

                  The Prices did several cookbooks, not just the big fancy one. My favorite is "Mary and Vincent Price's Come Into My Kitchen," a compendium of what they considered THE classic American dishes, all beautifully organized and illustrated with those charming lithographs that were so popular in the '50s. It's a much more intimate and personal book than the fancy one, and so far it's been a lot more useful.

                  I have several books of recipes by assorted celebrities, one from the days of the OLD Vanity Fair - pre-WW2 - and one from 1963 called "Cooking As You Like It," with a vaguely Shakespearian theme, with recipes from such diverse folks as President Eisenhower and Jayne Mansfield. These were often used, I've found, as not-so-subtle promotions for food manufacturers: there's one, and now I can't find it, that oddly enough seems to have either a Campbell's soup or A-1 sauce in almost everything...coincidence? Hmmm....

                3. Maya Angelou's "Hallelujah! The Welcome Table" is a beautiful read (to me, anyway) but I've not tried any of the recipes yet...the southern Carmel Cake sounds intriguing and most of the recipes are Southern.

                  1. I received the book by Amy Sedaris for Christmas, and it is hilarious. If you enjoy her sense of humor, you will definitely appreciate this book. It is a fun read from cover to cover. Although I haven't tried any of her recipes yet, she does include the recipes for the cheeseballs she sells and a lot of her family's greek recipes.

                    Living in the south, I have heard people swear by Patti LaBelle's mac & cheese.