Retro Recipes from America's Kitschiest Kitchen
by Michael Feder and Karan Feder
Joy of Liberace is filled with retro recipes that are So Liberace. So Totally Liberace. It's a step-by-step guide to Bling Cooking, over-the-top cooking with all the panache of the glitziest pianist that ever tinkled a Steinway. These are the culinary classics that rocked Las Vegas and swayed every palm tree in Palm Springs. This homage to exuberant excess overflows with the '50s and '60s fare that proved More is More, as only the King of Bling, Liberace could do. Joy of Liberace is the retro cookbook of the century, destined to go into everyone's time capsule, along with those sequined hot pants and rhinestoned tuxedoes.
Liberace was not only the world's highest paid classical pianist, he was a master chef whose recipes were as over-the-top as his wardrobe. Now for the first time in full color, more than 80 of Liberace's favorite recipes -- the dishes he served to Las Vegas royalty and, yes, even bona fide royals -- are gathered together in one delicious cookbook, ready to be served in your home, to your oh-so-Liberace friends. Plus, through the creative artistry of the Riviera Hotel and Casino's chefs extraordinaire, many of Liberace's fabulous creations are photographed in full color -- be-jeweled, be-floraled and be-yoo-tiful. These are the same fabulous recipes that kept viewers tuned in and turned on to The Liberace Show in the '50s and '60s, all presented with the same humor and panache that were Liberace's signatures. Now, Bling Cooking in all its glory, dripping with decadence fills Joy of Liberace and suffuses it with the Liberace spirit, rich with recipes fit for any extravagant occasion that demands exuberant excess. Or, consider Liberace fare for that quiet little dinner that needs a conversation starter. Wouldn't Succulent Succotash, Decorative Crab Balls and Liberace's Exceptional and Extraordinary Angel Bling Cake Pie be just the mouth-watering ticket? You'll turn to this cookbook over and over again. And like Liberace, you'll be laughing all the way to the buffet table...
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| Karan Feder
is an award-winning Hollywood costume designer who has designed many
productions for film, television and stage. She also spends time
knee-deep in rhinestones and bugle beads as part of her restoration and
conservation efforts for the Liberace costume and image archives. Her
signature Karan Feder handbag collection was honored with the
prestigious Fresh Face Award and enjoys a global following.
Michael Feder is a lifelong entrepreneur with a background in law and business. He leads the licensing efforts for the Liberace Foundation, and is the unfeathered friend of Olive, the fine-feathered parrot, as well as author of Olive Parrot Shares Her Birthday. Together the Feders are the authors of Liberace, Your Personal Fashion Consultant and are principals in Fame Farm, which creates and executes branding strategies for celebrity clients. The couple lives in Las Vegas.
Featured May 5, 2007 on Weekend All Things Considered [audio]