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Evlis Presley Cookbooks and Others For Valentine's Day and Mother's Day

Updated on January 29, 2014
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Unique Recipes and Stories

Many families and singles receive cookbooks at Christmastime, but some of these manuals are rather run-of-the-mill types that everybody sees in the bookstores - or on WalMart shelves. Sometimes, its nice to receive a book of recipes you have never imagined, interspersed with stories you never knew. Such a formula can result in a cookbook that will be used every day of the year.

The cookbooks below are exceptional in the quality and fun of their recipes and in highlighting some wonderful new trends in dining - like food trucks and food truck pods. Try giving any of these cookbooks to a friend or family member, and you will be remembered always - and hopefully invited to dinner.

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen
The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen

See review to the left. Thsi is a really fun book fir fans of movies and film classics as well as good food.


Classic Films and Food

Dead Celebrities Cookbook
by Frank Decaro - He did movie reviews on the Jon Stewart Show for some time and now has his own show on SiriusXM radio. In this book, he tells stories of the stars and their recipes.

What fun it is to read through this book about 150 celebrities and their recipes! Who knew that all of these famous people could cook?

All of these recipes were found by the author in out-of-print publications such as cookbooks and very old magazines much like those I find at Half Price Books and other used and antique book stores around my state. Here is just a partial list of the celebrities and some of their favorite dishes that you can make from this well illustrated book:

  • Johnny Cash -- Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chili
  • Michael Jackson -- Sweet Potato Pie, his way
  • Sonny Bono -- Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Madeline Kahn -- Foot Cookies -- Appropriate, since she was in Young Frankenstein.
  • Gypsy Rose Lee -- Portuguese Fish Chowder
  • Liberace's Sticky Buns -- This dish and assorted related jokes will become famous again once the TV film of his life is released by HBO Films: Behind the Candelabra (2013), starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, with Rob Lowe, Dan Ackroyd, and many others. Filmmakers are expecting this movie to be a big success.


Where are recipes from Bela Lugosi, I must ask?

Food Trucks

The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels by John T. Edge

Cebntral Ohio has finally caught the food truck wave and become inundated with multiple dozens of food trucks with International cuisines. We now have a food truck pod just west of Downtown where you can order foods at trucks in the parking lot and go inside to enjoy them at lunch and dinnertime. Other times, the space at 400 W. Rich Street is used for the Columbus Winter Famer's Market and similar events. Several times a year, food trucks gather at Columbus Commons Park on High Street in the middle of Downtown and sales from these gatherngs benefit local chairities.

Mr. Edge's book is one of the best on the market for food truck food recipoes. You will love it and so will any recipient that enjoys something different.

Those Crazy Sixties

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook by Rick Rodgers, who has written 35 cookbooks by the end of the 2012, and Healther Maclean, who has books on the New York Times Best Sellers lists.

The publisher writes that the current TV series Mad Men is bringing back the cuisine of the 1960s. Maybe so, and this book certain helps that cause. Customer reviews of the book are largely very good among Internet book sellers. It's recommended for 1960s theme parties and is full of stories and trivia about the sixties.

Recipes include the many good and the few bad, some good being Beef Wellington, Chicken Kiev, Cherries Jubilee, and PuPu Platters. Jell-o molds and salads may not be your favorites - or may be they are. Cocktails and all sorts of desserts as well as meals make this cookbook compehensive and memorable.

Top Chef TV Recipes

Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook by Top Chef

These recipes are from the high intensity Quickfire competition on the Top Chef TV reality show. It's a popular television offering and increasing numbers of people are watching cooking shows. After watching so many, local clubs and TV stations are sponsoring their own local cooking shows and cookbooks like this one are great for prepping to win. If you're not competing anywhere, this book is simply fun to use.


  • From Fries to Foie Gras: Ingredient Challenge
  • Utensils Down Hands Up: Time Challenge
  • Outside The Bread Box: Creativity Challenge
  • Show Your Mad Skills: Technique Challenge
  • Face the Firing Squad: Judges' Challenge

Presley Family Cookbook

Presley Family Cookbook by Vester Presely and Nancy Rooks, Head Cook at Graceland 1967 - 1977.

The next two cookbooks are related to Elvis Presely and his family - after all, he is my 13th cousin. After looking at the recipes, I found that they really are some that my mothers family also enjoyed regularly - except banana sanwiches. I dont think Elvis cooked, but after his mom passed away, his hired cooks continued to make his favorites.

Some of the best recipes include:

  • Ham Bone Dumplings
  • Sunday Meatloaf
  • Baked Apple And Sweet Potato Pudding
  • Cheeseburger With The Works.


Are You Hungry Tonight?

Are You Hungry Tonight? by Brenda Arlene Butler

This book contains different recipes from those listed in the book mentioned above, including the huge Royal Wedding Cake from Elvis's wedding. Ilustrations are very nice. The beginning of the book speaks of flavors and lists four basic groups highlighted in the book:

  • Tastes That Push: Salty, Sweet and Picante.
  • Tastes That Pull: Tangy, Vinted, Floral & Herbal, Spiced Aromatic, Funky and Bulby (Aromatics).
  • Taste Platforms: Garden, Starch, Ocean and Meaty.
  • Tastes That Punctuate: Palate Cleansers.

Some of the other recipes include:

  • BLT with Cheese
  • Cornmeal Mush - My father always liked this one, better than my mother did. His mom used to make it on their farm.
  • Banana Pudding (My father always liked this one.)
  • Glazed Donuts
  • Ginger Curry Sauce.

Any of these interesting cookbooks could make a great addition to a home cook's or collector's bookshelves.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Happy Mother's Day with all the great cookbooks you'll receive!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I'd never heard of these, they sound great. I'm going to have get my husband to read this as a "hint" ^_^ It will be mother's day soon after all. Lovely hub, voted a bunch and pinned

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Have fun with that pie, Stars! Say hello to Bcky and Joann for me and have a wonderful Christmas dinner.

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      The banana cream pie looks so delicious. Will make it for Christmas. Becky loves pie, and all kinds of pies. God Bless you precious heart, and we cherish you.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      It was fun to write as well. The stories along with the recipes make cooking more fun.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      You did some great research to put together this hub. These cookbooks would be a nice addition to any cook's library! Thanks for a fun read. : )

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      idigwebsites - That is a very interesting and entertaining cookbook!

      drbj - Raw chicken and blood!? I had no idea such things were served outside of some African villages where people enjoy cow's milk withblood. I have learned something about Chinatown!

      randomcreative - I wish you could see all the food trucks in my city now - it's like a Disneyland of food.

      vocalcoach - I abosolutely enjoy cookbooks, even if I never prepare all the dishes - they're so entertaining and culturally relevant. Merry Chrtistmas!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Love this hub about Unusual Gifts Best Cookbooks for Christmas. Hadn't considered a cookbook as a gift, but now I'm a believer. I'd like one for myself. Outstanding presentation!

      Thanks Patty - Up, interesting, awesome and passing this along. Happy Holidays. Audrey

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I was not expecting such a comprehensive list! Thanks for all of the fun suggestions.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What a great selection of cookbooks, Patty. Thank you for all these excellent choices as holiday gifts. Bela may not have written down any recipes but I'm sure I was served one of his favorite dishes in a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown. It was raw (uncooked) chicken accompanied by its red blood. Ugh! Lugosi's dish, for sure.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting selection of cookbooks! I like the dead celebs cookbook in particular. Voted up and interesting. :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Hey, enjoy any of these cookbooks, Faith Reaper! - I bet you have a good collection already, too! I am going to make a bana cream pie this weekend :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Whoa there, Patty, that Banana Cream Pie about hit me in the face! LOL

      I really love cookbooks, and all of these sound great and they really do make wonderful gifts.

      Voted up+++ and sharing

      God bless. Merry Christmas.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      @tillsontitan - I must look at the Lugosi family website and see if there is mention of any recipes!

      The Food Truck book is fun, probably because I see so many of the trucks in my city now and that Food Truck Pod is great! Wonderful variety. I just found out about my distant relationship to E. a couple of years ago. I never listened to him much while he was alive and I am feeling guilty now. The cookbooks are a lot of fun, tho.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I want to run out and buy all of them! You made each cookbook sound so appealing I can't pick just one. I love your little 'asides' about each cookbook as well.

      I must admit I would've loved a Bela Lugosi one and yes, I'm jealous about your distant relation to the King ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.