I'm not a huge fan of celebrity cookbooks. I'm sure there are several celebs who are well known home chefs, perhaps some have even worked in the food industry, but by and large, judging by their humdrum recipes, vague directions and general lack of knowledge, it seems to me that most celebs eat out more than they stay in.
But, with that said, there are lots of fun recipes here, Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Gene Roddenberry's Lima Beans and Ham, Mabel King's Banana Fritters, Patrick Swayze's Chicken Pot Pie, Dom Deluise's Doodlewoppers and Madeline Kahn's Foot Cookies (no feet involved, only sugar, flour and regular cookie stuff)
Bette Davis was my Grandma Florence's second favorite actress (Debbie Reynolds was her first). When I was twelve, I came down with a bad case of bronchitis right before Thanksgiving vacation and my grandma stayed with me while my mother and stepfather left town to visit family.
Grandma wasn't a great cook, in fact, she was famous for her dreadful cooking (peanut butter and mint jelly sandwiches, buttered pizza, crunchy apple marshmallow strudel) so we ate jello, crackers and store bought pumpkin pie while watching old movies. I remember staying up late (my cough medicine made sleeping difficult) and watching A Pocketful of Miracles with Grandma, we both cried at the end (it is such a sweet movie, you really should check it out if you haven't seen it before).
Anyways, Bette Davis' Red Flannel Hash recipe caught my eye right off. First, there's the name, Red Flannel Hash. Does it contain flannel? Do you cook it in flannel? Neither it turns out, I made this hash of potatoes, beef and beets and posted a pic on my blog (with a few modern updates and it was delectable and pretty). I know my Grandma Flo would have loved it too.