I’m getting myself prepped for a new year of silent movie fun and would love your feedback on my Cooking with the (Silent) Stars series. Specifically, are there any celebrities you’d like to see show up?
I have over twenty vintage celebrity cookbooks plus assorted recipes from magazines and I have been having a blast with the series. It started as a project to cook every recipe in Photoplay’s 1929 cookbook but expanded to include other books and other stars.
Is there a silent you’d like to see represented? This is your chance! Ask away. (You can read all my past taste tests here.)
Define Silent Star: I’m pretty loosey-goosey about this. Are they a famous actor, writer, director, producer, etc.? Did they make any silent movies? Any at all? That’s good enough for me!
From Anywhere? I am certainly not opposed to preparing recipes from non-Hollywood stars but my cookbooks are American and are skewed toward American stars or international talents that made films in America. However, if you have a bead on a particular recipe, send it my way and I will see what I can do.
Serving Seconds: I’ve covered quite a few famous stars already but most have multiple recipes available. Feel free to ask for seconds.
Comedy Shortage: One last thing to know is that comedy stars are pretty poorly represented in the recipe realm. The huge names (Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Normand, Davies, Pitts, etc.) are present but lesser-known comedy stars didn’t seem to be included very often. Feel free to request but there may not be an available recipe.
Can I request a dish? Sure. If you’d rather request a type of food rather than a specific star, go right ahead. Just remember that tastes have changed considerably since the 1910s and 1920s, so ubiquitous modern dishes may not be present.
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