A piano prodigy born into a working class Catholic family becoming the highest paid entertainer in the world—while embracing an ostentatious, flamboyant lifestyle—is the glorious metamorphosis modern fairy tales are made of. Władziu Valentino Liberace (1919–1987), known by the monomial stage name Liberace, was a camp icon, well-suited to a life of luxury—a far cry from his humble beginnings.
It is certainly no great shock that the biggest star of the mid-twentieth century produced a cookbook. And from a man who boasted 7 dining rooms—each depicted in full color glossy inserts—we would certainly expect some good eating.
The dishes range in style and effort, organized by which room it might be served in and for how many guests. From osso buco or sole meunière for six in the dining room to omelets for one or two in the kitchen to kebabs and paczki (filled Polish doughnuts) for half a dozen or more on the loggia, the reach is eclectic, delectable, and fitting for Mr. Showman.
Copies of the original hardcover aren’t often seen, so we are pleased to offer a first printing in Very Good Plus condition. The interior is clean and unmarked. The blue clothbound case shows sun bleaching across the top edge. The jacket is lightly shelfworn and is chipping at the head and foot of the spine, otherwise intact and Very Good. A great gift for the exuberant showperson in your life.