When it comes to holiday fun, the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age knew how to make merry – on stage, on screen, and especially on the dinner table. With Christmas in Tinseltown– the follow-up to his international sensation The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – Frank De Caro shows how to put the kitsch into your holiday kitchen as he salutes a quirky collection of celebrities who are gone, but fondly remembered every year at Christmas time.
Filled with pop culture ruminations and genuinely delicious recipes, Christmas in Tinseltown pays tribute to such movie classics as It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, gives three cheers for such time-honored animated gems as Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and puts such offbeat offerings as The Star Wars Holiday Special and The Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special in their rightful place – your dining room!
In such chapters as “Miracle Whip on 34th Street,” “Eat Meat in St. Louis,” and “Munch of the Wooden Soldiers,” De Caro dishes up a smorgasbord of culinary delights that will enliven any holiday gathering.
Tempt your guests with Peggy Lee’s Holiday Halibut Casserole, Burl Ives’s Stuffed Leg of Goat Hawaiian, Lucille Ball’s Brazil Nut Stuffing, Nat “King” Cole’s Baked Ham Loaf, Guy Lombardo’s Lobster Lombardo, Dick Clark’s Spicy Turkey Meatloaf, Rosemary Clooney’s Viennese Goulash, Bing Crosby’s Sugar Cookies, Shirley Booth’s Pumpkin Bread, Dinah Shore’s Fruitcake, and Spike Jones’s Molasses Jumbles. Then wash them all down with Robert Mitchum’s Eggnog, Edmund Gwenn’s Christmas Cup, or John Lennon’s Hot Cocoa. This star-studded cookbook promises to get even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit and will have you saying your “ho, ho, ho’s” in true Hollywood style for many years to come.
About the Author
Best known for his years as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, writer/performer Frank De Caro is heard each weekday morning on his own live call-in program, The Frank De Caro Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The author of the groundbreaking memoir A Boy Named Phyllis, De Caro’s writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. Follow him @frankdecaroshow on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook, and visit him at www.deadcelebritycookbook.com.