In honor of National Cookbook Month we have been polling the D’Artagnan staff and asking for their top cookbook picks. And here’s one that is perfect for Halloween …
My favorite cookbook, because of the content and the author, is Vincent and Mary Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes.
I was a strange kid. Vincent Price was one of my idols growing up, and continues to be. That being said, as I got older and my passion for food did the same, I found out that he had written a cookbook. This book was written at the height of the obsession with French cooking in America, and while it might seem a little dated, it’s still relevant and incredibly technical. From horror/suspense master to master chef, Vincent Price was no slouch in the kitchen. He had a very recognizable connection with food, not just a celebrity cookbook. And it just got reprinted after 50 years of being an eBay legend! – Bryan, Inside Sales
Yes, it’s true. The king of horror was actually a gentle soul with a passion for food. He was known for throwing great parties and cooking up a storm.
Originally published in 1965, A Treasury of Great Recipes, by Mary and Vincent Price, was reprinted for the 50th anniversary last year and is available on Amazon. Price’s daughter Victoria has a website with information about the book, and some lovely family photos.
Price wrote several cookbooks, had a cooking show, and recorded a series of audio cooking lessons in the 1970s. You don’t need the original LPs to hear his distinctive voice rhapsodizing about roasting pork with prunes, thanks to YouTube.
That combination is typical of Southwest France, and we have a great recipe for Stuffed Pork Loin with Prunes and Porcini for you to try. We think Chef Vincent would heartily approve.