Legends in the Kitchen by Linda F. Radke
Celebrity Recipes for a Cause

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Legends in the Kitchen is chock full of delicious, unique recipes that make it possible for chefs and novice cooks alike to impress friends and family with the same dishes celebrities prepare for their guests.

Imagine the conversation around the table when diners discover they are noshing on the Beef Stew with Walnuts that Betty Ford makes for former President Gerald Ford, Victoria Principal's Jade Empress Chicken, Dick Clark's Cajun Corn Chowder or other specialties from Debbie Reynolds, Stefanie Powers, Beau Bridges, Betty White, Ruth Buzzie, Andy Williams, Larry Hagman and many others.

In addition to being an ideal gift and a must-have for serious cookbook collectors, a portion of the book's sales supports the Motion Picture & Television Fund.


Chefs and novice cooks alike can impress friends and family with the very same dishes famous entertainers and dignitaries prepare and serve thanks to Legends in the Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause, compiled by Mrs. Howard Keel & Linda F. Radke and published by Five Star Publications, Inc.

Dozens of celebrities have contributed their favorite recipes to this fabulous collector’s cookbook – all for a good cause, as a percentage of proceeds from the sale of Legends in the Kitchen benefits the nonprofit Motion Picture & Television Fund, which has served the entertainment industry with a vast array of health, retirement, social and charitable services since 1921.


I admit that I have a special place in my heart for the stars who graced my television as a young child, the likes of Debbie Reynolds, Dick Clark, James Garner, Stefanie Powers and more. When I reflect on those days, I never really thought about them 'whipping up' something in the kitchen. They seemed far removed from my every day world.

This cookbook is a collection of their favorites, what dish their mothers or grandmothers prepared that they hold near and dear to their heart. The first thing that struck me is that the recipes are mostly of simpler foods. I think I was expecting foie gras and truffles, I'm chuckling as I think about this. The paparazzi machine always showed us their high life complete with ultra expensive restaurants. I wasn't expecting quiche, corn puddin' or cucumber salads. It provides a lens into the relaxed side of these well-known personalities. I love it!


Legends in the Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause, compiled by Mrs. Howard Keel & Linda F. Radke, is a fun, down to earth cookbook with recipes from some of my favorite stars down through the years. This cookbook really took me back in the day, featuring stars I remember from my childhood; we watched a lot of older movies and shows with stars like Debbie Reynolds, Stefanie Powers, Betty White, James Garner, Dick Clark, Burt Reynolds, Andy Williams, etc...If you’re looking for a cookbook that’s slightly different and lighthearted….one that is relaxing to look through….I definitely recommend Legends in the Kitchen.

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About Linda F. Radke

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Since 1985, veteran publisher Linda F. Radke, owner of Five Star Publications, has been ahead of her gameself-publishing before it was commonplace, partnership publishing before the rest of the world even knew what it was and producing award-winning traditional and nontraditionally published fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for adults and children.Among her many accolades, Radke is author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing (a Writer's Digest Book Club selection that is now into its second edition) and Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show (a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection). She is a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association and was named Book Marketer of the Year by Book Publicists of Southern California. Five Star Publications, which dedicates a portion of its proceeds to The Mark Foster Youth Fund and now to the Motion Picture & Television Fund with the publication of Legends in the Kitchen, strongly encourages its authors to also give to charitable causes. To learn about her authors preferred charities and their giving plans, visit www.FiveStarPublications.com.Raised on a farm in rural Wisconsin, Judy Keels cooking influences came from her husbands grandmother and on her mothers side from Grandmother Jones, who owned the Mission Tea Room in Chicago, Illinois, and was an unbelievable cook. She also gleaned a tip or two from her mother.Judy eventually left the farm and moved to Florida to study at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. But instead of going into commercial art as planned, she found happiness with the love of her life, Howard Keel, Howard & Judy Keel whom she married and wowed with her cooking skills. Judy jokingly notes that sex dont last, but cookin do! Judy and Howard have a daughter, Leslie, and three stepchildren, who endowed them with lots of grand- and great-grandchildren. Judy was widowed in 2004, but not before Howard wrote Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business. Judy now lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and is enjoying the local food immensely.
Published April 15, 2011 by Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ). 148 pages
Genres: Cooking, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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