In the course of a tidy up, I came across probably the weirdest food writing we own, so I’m taking it as the start for this week’s Friday Five. These are cookbooks with a celebrity connections, either a real person or fictional, but not a celeb chef.
1. Lobscouse & Spotted Dog by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman & Lisa Grossman Thomas – this is not your average cookbook, but is a perfect gift for a foodie with historical interests. Or any one who is a big fan of the Aubery Maturin books of Patrick O’Brian. But next time you want a maritime themed dinner party, this has recipes for Sea-Pie and Frumenty. Sounds yum!
2. Joy of Liberace: Retro Recipes from America’s Kitschiest Kitchen – I nearly bought this in LA last year, and have regretted not doing so ever since. Talk about bling cooking! Go on, cook on the kitsch side!
3. Fit For a King: Elvis Presley Cookbook– well, it had to happen, from the King of Kitsch to the King. This is a collection of Elvis’ favourite recipes. Of course there are peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but also Black Raspberry Shake, Bacon-Almond Dip and Sweet Potato Pie. So, don’t be hungry tonight, but take it easy with some of these, you don’t want to be too big a hunk of burning love!
4. Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About – who knew Patti Labelle knew where the kitchen was? And even if she didn’t really, then there are some great recipes, and great anecdotes to really spice them up. This one will surprise people when they browse your bookshelves!
5. Reel Food – a great read on food in film, which seems appropriate given all the hype around Julie & Julia at the moment. This is not so much about recipes, in fact completely short of them, but a great read for any foodie. It might also throw out some interesting DVD choices, from Amelie to Bonnie & Clyde and The Navigator.So go on, bring a little glitz and glamour to your foodie’s bookshelf! Give the gift of a little star quality!
Not every cookbook has to be sensible, food should be fun and some these books are definitely that.