Writer and radio host Frank DeCaro has been collecting celebrities’ recipes for years. Who knew there were so many? Food.com has a bunch, as does Recipe Goldmine. DeCaro’s collections have a slight twist. All his recipes are from celebrities who are deceased.
In 2011, DeCaro published “The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen.” This year he published a sequel, “The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe.” The recipes are good but the best part is DeCaro’s pithy commentary about the stars and the movies.
I recorded a fun twenty-minute podcast with DeCaro. We didn’t get to all the Christmas movies in the book but we did chat about “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “White Christmas” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Like me, he loves those classic films but also loves poking fun at them. Thanks to DeCaro, I learned that “Miracle on 34th Street” was adapted into a Broadway musical called “Here’s Love” in 1963.
You can stream or download the podcast below.