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1985 and they can describe the Spiderwoman
headdress, the exposed navel, and the looks
on people's faces when she made her
entrance. Ask about Carol Burnett's "Went
green velvet Southern Belle costume made
from drapes--with the curtain rod still
attached. Funny and outrageous, these are
just two of the many costumes Mackie has
indelibly etched into our minds. He has also
dressed such celebrities as Elton John, Bette
Midler, Diana Ross, and RuPaul; designed for
Broadway, Las Vegas, opera, and ballet; and
currently runs a couture business with
licenses for fragrance, fashion accessories,
eyewear, suits, furs, home furnishings, and
collectible Barbie dolls.


This spectacularly bright and colorful book is
as outrageous as Mackie's designs. In addition
to classic photos of marvelous Mackie-clad
superstars of the last three decades, glorious
gatefolds and specially commissioned color
photographs by Gideon Lewin illustrate
Mackie's extraordinary achievements.

Unmistakably Mackie demonstrates how this
seven-time Emmy Award-winning designer
has reached the consciousness of the
American masses and turned them on to a
stylish fantasy that is purely his own.
ranging from a mention of the TV series H.R. Pufnstuf
to one of the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of
the Desert, DeCaro's memoir of growing up gay in an
Italian Catholic family in Little Falls, N.J., sweetly and
relationships, a theme that provides the backdrop to
his anecdotal chronicle of childhood tormentors and of
recognizing, accepting and eventually celebrating his
difference.

Ostracized by classmates who knew he was gay before
he did ("I'd always put the 'boy' in 'Flamboyant'") and
an enigma to his loving if somewhat inept parents, a
young DeCaro finds hope in the extravagance of role
models Elton John and Paul Lynde and ensuing
validation in his high-school theater department. All
this is revealed in ironic turns of phrase, deadpan wit
and pinpoint characterization, sparing not his mother:
a "pear shaped bundle of Aqua Net"; his father: "a big
lug who hated only two things in the whole world:
dogs sniffing his crotch, and stepping in chewing
gum"; his live-in grandma: "With upper arms that
hung like parade-float bunting, the constitution of a
battleship, and the salty vocabulary of a sailor on
shore leave"; and not, least of all, himself.


Growing up gay in the suburbs was a trial for DeCaro,
a contributing editor to
Martha Stewart Living, yet he
renders the experience with ease and humor in this
laudable memoir.

                  --Publishers Weekly
Sinatra's Barbecued Lamb, lunching on Lucille Ball's
"Chinese-y Thing," diving ever-so-neatly into Joan
Crawford's Poached Salmon, or wrapping your lips
around Rock Hudson's cannoli – and really, who
hasn't? – hold on to your oven mitts!

In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of
Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen, Frank
DeCaro—the flamboyantly funny Sirius XM radio
personality best known for his six-and-a-half-year
stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart—collects hundreds of recipes passed on from
legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that
before there were celebrity chefs, there were
celebrities who fancied themselves chefs.

Their all-but-forgotten recipes—rescued from out-of-
print cookbooks, musty biographies, vintage
magazines, and dusty pamphlets—suggest a style of
home entertaining ripe for reexamination if not
revival, while reminding intrepid gourmands that, for
better or worse, Hollywood doesn't make celebrities
(or cooks) like it used to.

Starring
Elizabeth Taylor's Chicken with Avocado and
Mushrooms
Farrah Fawcett's Sausage and Peppers
Liberace's Sticky Buns
Bette Davis's Red Flannel Hash
Bea Arthur's Good Morning Mushroom Tomato Toast
Dudley Moore's Crème Brûlée
Gypsy Rose Lee's Portuguese Fish Chowder
John Ritter's Famous Fudge
Andy Warhol's Ghoulish Goulash
Vincent Price's Pepper Steak
Johnny Cash's Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chili
Vivian Vance's Chicken Kiev
Sebastian Cabot's Avocado Surprise
Lawrence Welk's Vegetable Croquettes
Ann Miller's Cheese Soufflé
Jerry Orbach's Trifle
Totie Fields's Fruit Mellow
Irene Ryan's Tipsy Basingstoke
Klaus Nomi's Key Lime Tart
Richard Deacon's Bitter and Booze
Sonny Bono's Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

And many others from breakfast to dessert.
Now you can put some gam in your holiday ham
with The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook.
When it comes to holiday fun, the stars of
Hollywood's Golden Age knew how to make merry
– on stage, on screen, and especially on the dinner
table. With The Dead Celebrity Christmas
Cookbook – the follow-up to his international
sensation The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – Frank
DeCaro shows how to put the kitsch into your
holiday kitchen as he salutes a quirky collection of
celebrities who are gone, but fondly remembered
every year at Christmastime.

Filled with pop culture ruminations and genuine
(and genuinely delicious) recipes of the stars, The
Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook hails such
movie classics as It's a Wonderful Life and White
Christmas, gives three cheers for such time-
honored animated gems as Frosty the Snowman
and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and puts
such offbeat offerings as The Star Wars Holiday
Special in their rightful place – the dining room!

Serving up such chapters as 'Miracle Whip on 34th
Street,' 'Eat Meat in St. Louis,' and 'Munch of the
Wooden Soldiers,' DeCaro dishes up an attic-full
of culinary delights garnished with his signature wit
and cultural observations. Feast on such
temptations as Peggy Lee's Holiday Halibut
Casserole, Burl Ives's Stuffed Leg of Goat
Hawaiian, Nat 'King' Cole's Ham Loaf, Barbara
Stanwyck's Christmas Kipfels, Dinah Shore's
Fruitcake, and Spike Jones's Molasses Jumbles.
Even the Grinch himself – Boris Karloff – shares a
recipe! Wash them all down with Edmund Gwenn's
Christmas Cup and John Lennon's Cocoa. With
The Dead Celebrity Christmas Cookbook, you also
can decide which makes for a better New Year's
Eve, Guy Lombardo's Lobster Lombardo or Dick
Clark's Spicy Turkey Meatloaf. There's nothing auld
about them!

The book is the ultimate hostess gift, and one that
won't get buried in the cupboard. Placing the
accent on mirth – and casting a forgiving eye
toward Santa's girth – The Dead Celebrity
Christmas Cookbook promises to get even the
biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit and liven up
any gathering. It'll have you saying your 'ho, ho,
ho's' in true Hollywood style, this year and for
many years to come.