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May 3, 2011

Cooking With Celebrities

By Sablemable aka Jan

I have in my possession a cook booklet from the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation  that was put out either in 1957 or 1958.  Recipe donors were celebrities-former presidents, a princess, a band leader and even a stripper!



A soon-to-be First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy gave NCFRF a recipe for Lobster Cardinale.



If you still don’t know who Yogi Berra is, well, shame on you!  The retired New York Yankee catcher and later coach of the New York Mets whose quirky sayings (“You can observe a lot by watching”) made him a legend on and off the field.  Berra donated this recipe for Sauce Marinara.



Same goes for Art Linkletter of radio and television.   His shows, House Party and Kids Say The Darndest Things, Linkletter entertained  millions for decades.  Here’s his recipe for stewed chicken.



Whenever I hear David Rose’s instrumental, The Stripper ,  I automatically think of Gypsy Rose Lee.  Naturally.  Miss Lee offered a Spanish dessert recipe which sounds very similar to one my mother used to make.



I know from reading Edith Head’s book, The Dress Doctor, that she loved to cook and was pretty good at it.  When she and Wiard “Bill” Ihnen married a bought a Spanish style home, they called it Casa Ladera (house on the side of the hill).  So fittingly, Miss Head’s recipe offering was for Chicken Casa Ladera!



The creative genius of Walt Disney brought us one of our favorite cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse.    Mr. Disney’s contribution to this cook booklet was a recipe for chili and beans.



I don’t know about you guys, but I’m hungry!

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5 Responses to Cooking With Celebrities

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    May 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    What a cool cookbook! I love the assortment of celebrity contributors. Gypsy Rose Lee and Edith Head in a cookbook? Why, fabulous!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    May 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    This is awesome!!! I might have to try Gypsy Rose Lee’s recipe…it sounds interesting!

  3. Andrea Reply

    May 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Heh, Art Linkletter’s recipe for chicken has 1/8th of a teaspoon of paprika for a whole chicken! I guess no worries about that one being too spicy, eh?

    That is such a cool cookbook, though!

  4. sablemable Reply

    May 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Earthaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! LOL, never thought of the oddity of Gypsy and Edith being in the same cookbook!

    Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth! This recipe is yummy! Try it with maple syrup for breakfast!

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!! I’m actually going to make stewed chicken today using Art’s recipe. Of course, I’m NOT going to use the hot paprika but stick with the mild one.

  5. jamie in Hollywood Reply

    May 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    This was fun and a real find. Would love to leaf through the original! Ephemera of this kind is most interesting and really makes one feel they are there, so to speak. Keep up the good work on my favorite site! Wouldn’t it be fun to have an MCM night when we could all get together and wear the fashions of the era and have a retro party?! I saw a couple at the market in Weho. (that’s what we locals call West Hollywood, “The Creative City”) and these boys were dressed in MCM outfits with the haircuts, too! They belong to a local group that actually live the sixties ALL THE TIME. It was fabulous and I wished I had gotten a picture to upload. I really must learn how to use this phone with all the bells and whistles!

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