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Thursday, Feb 16, 2012
by Jessica Gelt - Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Culinary perfection is not the point of DeCaro’s recent book, which features more than 145 recipes from as many deceased celebrities. Helping a new generation of pop-culture fans rediscover them and their work is his goal.

LOS ANGELES — Frank DeCaro, the author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, is contemplating a bite of Greer Garson’s capirotada.


Dressed in a red-and-white checked shirt and a red apron with one red and one black oven mitt by his side, the former Daily Show film critic and Sirius Radio talk show host looks somewhat befuddled. He pushes his thick, black-rimmed glasses up on his nose and chews slowly.


The dish by the Oscar-winning star of the 1942 film Mrs. Miniver is a strangely archaic mix of white bread, Colby cheese, raisins and sugar-cinnamon syrup. DeCaro baked it alongside a tray of Katharine Hepburn’s brownies until it puffed into a mass of gooey cheese and gloppy bread that is reminding him of one of his favorite TV-show episodes.


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