Andy Warhol, Cookbook Illustrator

In a reminder that everyone has to start somewhere on the road to greatness, The Crossett Library Bennington College has made several of Andy Warhol’s illustrations available on its Flickr account. The illustrations were done for Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cookbook in 1961 and run from mundane meat cuts and placesettings to the rather more fanciful hors d’oeuvre tray below.

Andy Warhol

I think my grandmother had a copy of this cookbook as I recognize the dustcover, but I have no idea which family member might have it now…wouldn’t she have been surprised to know she had it in her kitchen all these years!

RIP Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise

Today we mark the passing of one of the world’s great funny men, Mr. Dom DeLuise. From zany appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and movies like Spaceballs and Robin Hood Men In Tights to more serious work like the opera Der Fleidermaus, Dom did everything with passion, including cooking. With more than a passing resemblance to Paul Prudhomme, Dom was an avid cook and author and penned several cookbooks including Eat This, Eat This Too, and Eat This Again.

His special mix of affability and comedy will be missed.

Here is a recipe from his website,

Dom’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
½ stick butter
1 banana, sliced
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Boil potatoes until tender, drain and reserve. Return the pot to the stove top over medium heat. Add butter and bananas to the pot. Cook bananas 5 minutes and add the juice of 1 orange to the pot, reserve the zest. Allow the juice to cook out, 1 minute. Add potatoes to the pot and the stock and sugar. Mash potatoes, banana, stock and sugar together until well combined. Season with nutmeg, salt, pepper and orange zest, to your taste. Mash to combine spices and serve.