I mentioned that I was seeking out Liberace Cooks! a ways back when giving Mr. Showmanship credit for his bedazzling style. I have an awesome mom, because she actually found it and sent it to me to my delight. The dusty, well loved book “As told to Carol Truax” (who was a native of my hometown) reads like a folky lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Each chapter is titled after one of the seven dining rooms he and his diamond encrusted suit enjoy. “Indoor-Outdoor Eating” chapter which includes spareribs and sauerkraut and chicken in brand and cream, is centered around the dining room he uses the most described thus “The draperies are a pale tomato color, the velvety carpet is mustard-yellow – convenient if somebody spills the mustard sauce”.
Another chapter called “Do it Yourself and Eat it Yourself In the Kitchen” includes Liberace Special 15 Minute Eggs, which takes a fairly healthy egg and tops it with heavy cream, butter, and cheese.
He also has a “Beautiful Buffet by the Yard” and a room for “TV Dining”. Of course the TV is done in golds and is adorned with onyx cherubs, but I have to say, the man gave little thought to the layout and configuration of the room. If a guest were enjoying Sunset Chef’s Salad (cabbage, chicken and tongue) or Scotch Squares here, they’ve have a tough time watching Leapin Lizards, It’s Liberace.
“Cookout on the Loggia” features Liberace at his most burly, grilling steak in a chef’s apron under the piano keys that adorn the grill. “The entire area is greencovered, not with grass but with outdoor carpeting, so easy to walk on, so safe for wet feet.”
The “Room with a View” and “Formal Dining Room” get no photos, but feature more heavy cream based dishes like Canape Puffs and Green Mashed Potatoes. The final chapter gets the best title “Sauces, Sauces everywhere” because as the man himself says “It’s the sauces that divide the men from the boys and separate the gourmets from the guzzlers.”