Well, I took a count and it looks like I just published my forty-fourth silent star recipe. With the fiftieth recipe milestone coming up, I couldn’t resist creating a poll to find out what my readers would like.
I have selected some stars whose recipes have caught my fancy and who, I think, are pretty popular with my readers too. Let me introduce them to you and explain why they made the shortlist. (Alas, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights Spaghetti recipe is a mystery and so is ineligible for the poll.)
Joan Crawford: The series launched with Joan’s French Banana Salad (blech!!!!) and I have tons of bonkers recipes from Joan because she never, ever, EVER missed participation in a celebrity cookbook. You want to see me suffer? Vote for her.
Rudolph Valentino: No, it’s not the dubious spaghetti sauce recipe that has been floating around since The Sheik was a new release. Intrigued? Well, I’m not giving away my secret. Ain’t I a stinker?
Olive Thomas: A popular actress who died tragically young, Thomas has been enjoying a resurgence of popularity with modern viewers. She claimed to have invented her own favorite dish and (hurrah!) it’s not scary.
ZaSu Pitts: Pitts was a riot on the screen but she was a wonder in the candy kitchen and even published a volume of her favorite recipes entitled Candy Hits with ZaSu Pitts. Candymaking is most definitely NOT in my wheelhouse so if you want to see me set fire to my own hair, this is your best opportunity.
Marlene Dietrich: Like ZaSu, Dietrich was known as a Hollywood star who really could cook. I have several recipes on file and they all sound pretty darn tasty. Plus, Marlene is my talkie era favorite so she had to be included in the running!
(If the poll is not displaying for you, here is a direct link.)
Thanks so much for reading and voting! I look forward to seeing the results.