Listen, Mr. Price was not only a gifted actor but he was delightful person and amazing chef. I have a lot of cookbooks I’ve inherited in the house, some of them were published by women’s clubs; Motion Picture Mothers, Beverly Hills Woman’s – and while they’re fun to read most of the food is of the novelty variety, i.e., somewhat unappetizing to modern tastes. But, a cookbook I cherish is, “A Treasury of Great Recipes” by Mary and Vincent Price. It’s full of personal anecdotes and recipes collected during visits to the great restaurants of the world (in the 1960s). If you can find it, get yourself a copy, and toast the memory of a wondrous couple (well, for a nice stretch: 1949-1974), Mary and Vincent Price.
Are you fascinated by the range in the corner? I wish I still had the one I grew up with – it’s a Town & Country range by O’Keefe and Merritt – the real deal my darlings. A behemoth of the best sort, and you can do a sit down dinner for twelve even if the power goes out.
Here’s Mr. Price tasting as Tony at the Whitehall Club in Chicago prepares crepes suzette.