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Top Celebrity Cookbooks to Collect

Cookbook Village has posted an article on the cookbooks by celebrity singers, so we thought it only fair to balance it out with cookbooks from our favorite film and television stars. Here are some of the celebrity cookbooks that collectors will enjoy. Some are old, some are new -- all are written by- or centered around some of the world's most respected stars of the screen.

Most of these cookbooks have little value unless, of course, they are autographed. The value changes substantially. A few of the celebrity cookbooks below are available in our used and vintage cookbook web store, while others sold out nearly the minute we posted them at some point in the past year or few.

Enjoy the list. Please use the comment section below to share photos and information on your celebrity cookbooks not covered here. We love show and tell! Please allow 24-48 hours for your comment and image (if applicable) to publish.


1. Fit for a King - Elvis Presley Cookbook

Fit for a King, though not authored by Elvis Presley, showcases the recipes that were popular in his Graceland home. Many recipes were from his cook Ms. Alvena Roy. Even the menus for meals served for Elvis and Priscilla Presley's wedding reception are found inside the cookbook. Fans of "The King" will enjoy the black and white photos of him included throughout Fit for a King cookbook. Cookbook Village has sold this popular cookbook several times in the past few years and it never fails to quickly leave our book shelves.

Format: Softcover with spiral binding, 240 pages
Copyright: 1992
Author: Elizabeth McKeon, Ralph Gervitz and Julie Bandy
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press

This collectible cookbook is available at Cookbook Village for: $11.00.


2. Sophia Loren's Recipes and Memories cookbook

One of the world's most beautiful celebrities is not only an acclaimed actress, but also a wonderful cook. Her Italian family recipes -- over 100 of them -- are found inside this stunning cookbook Sophia shares photos and anecdotes from her childhood and acting career. Pasta is a favorite for Sophia, and this book includes a nice selection of enticing pasta dishes. Published in 1998, the cookbook isn't a vintage cookbook, but it is still a great find and a wonderful celebrity collectible to own -- especially for those who love to collect celebrity cookbooks.

Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 209 pages
Copyright: 1998
Author: Sophia Loren
Publisher: GT Publishing

Sophia Loren's cookbook is available at Cookbook Village for: $14.00.



3. Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts Cookbook

This cookbook from actress ZaSu Pitts continues to be a top searched page on our site time and time again. ZaSu starred opposite Mary Pickford. Next to motion pictures, stage, and television, ZaSu was known for her chocolate fudge and candy making. This cookbook showcases her recipes and tricks of the trade. The cover art displays ZaSu Pitts front and center inside an ornament style illustration. We love the wonderful vintage cover of this 1964 cookbook.

Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 93 pages
Copyright: 1964
Authors: ZaSu Pitts
Publisher: Duell, Sloane and Pearce

This used cookbook is valued at $25. Cookbook Village sold this cookbook and has no further copies available though you can read more about Candy Hits here.


4. Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah (Shore) Cookbook

Dinah shore authored a couple cookbooks, her Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah cookbook is the most popular. Shore was not only a singer, but actress and television personality with her several TV shows. We have listed signed copies of this cookbook and like some of the other cookbooks covered here, the value shoots way up with the signature (as would be expected). Many Dinah Shore fans seek out her cookbooks. We wonder if her inspiration to cook will rub off on Leo DiCaprio now that he purchased her Palm Springs home!

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 179 pages
Copyright: 1976, Twelfth Printing (shown)
Authors: Dinah Shore
Publisher: Doubleday and Company, Inc.

Dinah Shore's cookbook is available at Cookbook Village for: $11.00.



5. Morgan Freeman and Friends Caribbean Cooking for a Cause Cookbook

Who doesn't adore this amazing actor? I was lucky enough to attend the American Society of Cinematographers Awards one year and Morgan Freeman was honored that year. He is as elegant, and eloquent, as he is on film. We were happy to see this cookbook come out with Morgan and his friends' favorite Caribbean recipes. The cookbook was beautiful -- we are kind of wishing we'd kept this one for ourselves.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 260 pages
Morgan Freeman
Wendy Wilkinson and Donna Lee

This used cookbook is valued at $25. Cookbook Village sold this cookbook and has no further copies available though you can read more about Morgan Freeman and Friends here.


6. Eggs I Have Known Cookbook

At one time years ago we had auctioned off a signed copy of this cookbook on eBay. We had no idea then, that Corinne Griffith was a top silent movie actress from the 1920s. The book climbed up over the $100 mark back then and we were surprised to learn the result of the sale. We carried an unsigned copy in the Cookbook Village webstore awhile back and though it quickly sold out, without the signature the cookbook is a standard vintage cookbook valued at a fraction of the signed cookbook. The book was published in 1955 and showcased recipes from many other celebrities including Greta Garbo.

Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 230 pages
Copyright: 1955
Author: Corinne Griffith
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy

This used cookbook is valued at $15 (signed copies are closer to $75-$100). Cookbook Village sold this cookbook and has no further copies available though you can read more about the cookbook here.


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