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Oct 8, 2013 11:23 AM

Liberace's Little Known Cookbook

This article includes several recipes from the out-of-print, _Liberace Cooks! Recipes from His Seven Dining Rooms_ .

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  1. Fun fact. Brains in Black Butter! Who knew Liberace was such a CH.

    This reminds me of the CH thread on Vincent Price's cookbook.

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    1. re: HillJ

      Hah! Remember the BinBB in that Steve Martin movie? Was it 'The Jerk' or which?

      1. re: mwhitmore

        It was The Man With Two Brains :)

    2. Very timely post, Melanie! I just saw Michael Douglas' fab portrayal of Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra" here in Singapore last month, and there's much interest generated in his life.

      Interesting that his cookbook actually featured a recipe for "Singapore and Malaysian Satay" - hardly authentic, but fascinating, because I think during that era (1970s), most Americans would not even know anything about Singapore & Malaysia, let alone try and cook any dish from there.

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      1. re: klyeoh

        Hadn't keyed on that, thanks for pointing it out. Singapore became an independent republic in the mid-60's, no? Hadn't actually studied the recipes yet . . . interesting that the satay is marinated in peanut sauce . . .

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          LOL! Well, the authentic version requires the meats (chicken, beef or mutton) to be marinated in a spice mix (turmeric, galangal, etc.), but served with a separate peanut sauce dip.

          Singapore became an independent nation when it broke up with Malaysia in 1965. Although both countries have a shared history (under two centuries of British colonial rule), common culinary roots, and the same multi-racial composition in their populace, they have now evolved in different directions: Singapore is Chinese-dominated (with Malay & Indian minorities), whereas Malaysia is Malay/Muslim-dominated (with Chinese & Indian minorities).

      2. I love the pictures of his various dining rooms. Some of those recipes don't look bad at all and perhaps adventurous for the time.

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        1. re: tcamp

          One of my tenants years ago was Lee's publicist back in the 50's and 60's and boy, did she have some great stories of the parties and goings on in Palm Springs..

          Enjoyed seeing 'Beyond the Candelabra' ..he liked to cook.
          Loved the furniture and those turquoise bar stools are a riot..

          1. re: HillJ

            What a blast from the past HillJ..
            ; )

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Yeah, Dave still had his own hair!


            Liberace's take on Sticky Buns looks darn tasty! What a hoot!