Retro Cooking with the King of Bling

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hide captionLiberace cooks in his Hollywood Hills home, 1969-70. Twenty years after his death, more than 80 of the pianist's favorite recipes have been gathered into a retro cookbook.

Liberace in the Kitchen

Liberace cooks in his Hollywood Hills home, 1969-70. Twenty years after his death, more than 80 of the pianist's favorite recipes have been gathered into a retro cookbook.

The book for kitchy cooks has arrived.

Liberace — the rhinestone-studded pianist who was known for his candelabra, charisma and dazzle — was also a chef whose recipes were as over-the-top as his clothes. He loved to cook for his friends and his mother, and at one point even owned a restaurant.

Now, 20 years after his death, authors Michael and Karan Feder have compiled more than 80 of his favorite recipes in their new book Joy of Liberace: Retro Recipes from America's Kitschiest Kitchen.

Many of the dishes are the same ones "Mr. Showmanship" himself featured on 'The Liberace Show' in the '50s and '60s. There's the bejeweled Angel Bling Cake Pie, as well as Celery Victor/Victoria and Flamboyant Flambe of Sirloin, among others.

The blinged-out culinary classics are enough to have cooks laughing all the way to the Las Vegas buffet table.

Recipe: Angel Bling Cake Pie

Angel Bling Cake Pie
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Two egg whites

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup chopped nuts

One cup heavy cream

One teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 275 degrees (F). Beat the egg whites with salt until almost stiff. Beat in the sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Add cream of tartar and nuts. Spoon into a greased nine-inch pie plate and bake about an hour. Cool. Whip the cream, add vanilla, and spread over the pie. Chill.

Serves six people

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Retro Recipes from America's Kitchiest Kitchen

by Michael Feder and Feder Karan

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