One of the funniest writers and on-air talents to grace Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is Frank DeCaro, radio host and the author of a fun new book, The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen.
DeCaro is best known for his years as the flamboyant movie critic on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, and now helms a weekday morning 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.
In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen, DeCaro dusts off such culinary gems as Joan Crawford’s poached salmon, Farrah Fawcett’s Sausage and Peppers, and Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken with Avocados and Mushrooms, and serves them up with a side-order of his on point commentary.
The book is not just an ode to vintage cookery, but also an homage to some of the greatest stars of classic television, beloved films, and Broadway, and a viewing guide to boot.
The Dead Celebrity Cookbook features such sumptuous recipes as:
Bea Arthur’s Vegetarian Breakfast
Michael Jackson’s Sweet Potato Pie
Gary Coleman’s Chicken Vegetable Soup
Liberace’s Sticky Buns
Lucille Ball’s Chinese-y Thing
Patrick Swayze’s Chicken Pot Pie
Eva Gabor’s Hungarian Goulash
Paul Lynde’s Beef Stew
Mae West’s Fruit Compote
Robert Reed’s Beef and Biscuit Casserole
Katherine Hepburn’s Brownies
Sammy Davis Jr.’s Salad
Yvonne De Carlo’s Exotic Chicken Ecstasy
John Ritter’s Favorite Fudge
Karen Carpenter’s Chewy Pie
In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, he tells you what to cook and, more importantly, what to watch while you’re enjoying the fruits – or fish or fowl – of your culinary labors. So grab a fork and dig in!
“While Halloween might come only once a year, there’s never a bad time for The Dead Celebrity Cookbook.”
“Flip on a movie channel and get cooking! Required reading.”
– Billy Heller, New York Post.
“We hear Rock Hudson’s Cannoli is delicious!”
– Entertainment Weekly.
“In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCaro has collected and presented an array of recipes by beloved (and dead) stars….”
“Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol may be gone, but their favorite dishes will never be forgotten. Try one tonight!”
“A veritable who’s who of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”
– Sara Bonisteel, epicurious.com.
“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, foxnews.com.
“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
“The perfect gift for your favorite cook.”
– Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly.
“Chow down on your favorite dead stars’ recipes. Come on, it won’t kill you!”
– Michael Musto, The Village Voice
“The recipes are killer. Slip on your oven mitts and get cooking!”
“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.”
“You don’t cook, you say? No matter. Ignore the recipes and read the wonderful bios of celebs.”
– Blase DiStefano, OutSmart, Houston TX.
“An awesome new foodie book on the block…”
“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.”
“This is definitely a one-of-a-kind compilation!”
“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.
“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, southphillyreview.com
“This is so cool! I found it on amazon.com and placed my order immediately!”
– Lynn Quale, 1037theloon.com
“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, delish.com.
Dead Celebrity Cookbook signing: Join Frank on Monday January 9, at 7 PM, at Book Soup, located at 8818 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90069-2125