Supper with the Stars (Limited Edition Hardcover) | Pre-Order Now!

The Vincent Price Legacy UK is delighted to present Supper with the Stars, a fantastic new cookbook fusing film legends and food with the culinary endeavours of screen icon and original foodie Vincent Price. Written by Peter Fuller (your curator) and film archivist Jenny Hammerton (Silver Screen Suppers), this limited-edition cookbook features 52 recipes from the kitchens of Vincent’s most famous co-stars paired with some fantastic dishes of his own. With wicked illustrations from Ben Wickey and a Foreword by Victoria Price, this is a must-have for film fans and foodies alike.  

Supper with the Stars will be published in a special limited edition hardcover (only 250 copies printed in the UK), and available for shipping (to UK addresses only) in early November. You can choose between an unsigned edition or a signed edition (by both authors and Victoria Price – ONLY 100 available). Please follow the link to the all-new Vincent Price Legacy website and store below.

PRE-ORDER | SIGNED HARDCOVER | UK ONLY

PRE-ORDER | UNSIGNED HARDCOVER | UK ONLY

Because the cost of sending the UK edition overseas is rather high, we have set up a GiveButter campaign for pre-selling the book in North America. The deadline to get in a pre-order on this platform is 31 October 2021. Check out the various options available, at: https://givebutter.com/supperwithstarscookbook

IF YOU ARE NOT BASED IN THE UK OR NORTH AMERICA AND WISH TO PURCHASE A COPY PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO: peter@thesoundofvincentprice.com

THE LONDON BOOK LAUNCH | MONDAY 25 OCTOBER 2021 (7 pm)

Tickets are selling fast for the London Book Launch Party at the legendary Phoenix Arts Club in London’s West End on Monday 25 October 2021.

BOOK YOUR SEATS HERE: https://phoenixartsclub.com/shows/supper-with-the-stars/

If you are coming to the event, you can pre-order the book (which you can collect on the night) using this link: BOOK LAUNCH PRE ORDER

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THE LONDON BOOK LAUNCH OF SUPPER WITH THE STARS

The Vincent Price Legacy UK and Silver Screen Suppers are proud to present the exclusive London book launch of Supper with the Stars on Monday 25 October (from 7pm) at the legendary Phoenix Arts Club in London’s West End in association with the lovely folks at Misty Moon.

Tickets are limited: so get yours now at: http://bitly.ws/gozL

Written by Peter Fuller (curator of the Vincent Price Legacy UK) and film archivist Jenny Hammerton (Silver Screen Suppers), Supper with the Stars features 52 recipes from the kitchens of Vincent’s most famous co-stars paired with some fantastic dishes of his own.

A must-have for film fans and foodies alike, Supper with the Stars will be published in a special limited edition hardback (only 250 copies printed in the UK) with pre-sales starting soon. However, if you attend the event – you will be first in line.

Victoria Price will be our special guest (via zoom – live!) for the evening, which also marks the 28th anniversary of her dad’s passing. Expect fun and surprises – including an extraordinary clip show featuring never-before-screened footage of Vincent’s culinary endeavours. In order to ensure that you get a book, please pre-order using the link below and you can collect it in person at the launch.

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK HERE

I will be announcing full details on how to order the book very soon. Please do not order the book if you are not attending the event (especially if you are outside of the UK) as we will have a special link to do just that.

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COMING SOON! Supper with the Stars – a new cookbook hosted by Vincent Price

From Vincent Price Legacy UK curator Peter Fuller & Silver Screen Suppers’ Jenny Hammerton comes…

SUPPER WITH THE STARS * A fantastic new cookbook fusing film legends and food * Hosted by Vincent Price

Dine, sup and cook-a-long with Vincent Price and his legendary Co*Stars every week of the year.

Enjoy the meal and watch the classic Vincent Price movie at the same time.

Illustrations by Ben Wickey

Introduction by Victoria Price

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT OUR UPCOMING PUBLICATION PLANS
FOR SUPPER WITH THE STARS!

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COOKBOOK HIGHLIGHTS

  • 52 recipes from the kitchens of Vincent Price’s Co*Stars paired with 52 recipes selected from his iconic cookbooks
  • 52 films from Vincent Price’s extensive big-screen career
  • 52 insightful biographies and film reviews, with fun facts and trivia
  • Full-colour galleries featuring poster art and rare stills
  • Extra Helpings chapter featuring hints, tips and more recipes
  • Beverages chapter
  • Conversion chart
  • A-Z glossary
  • Introduction from Victoria Price
RECIPES FOR COOKS OF ALL ABILITIES
  • Easy-to-make instructions
  • Great for both novices and the kitchen-adventurous alike
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and party ideas
  • Helpful culinary conversion chart
  • Kitchen tested by Vincent Price fans & foodies from around the world
A VINCENT PRICE CULINARY JOURNEY
  • Host a Vincent Price movie night and dinner
  • Over 100 recipes tested, reviewed and updated for the modern palate
  • Each Co*Star dish expertly paired with one of Vincent Price’s recipes
  • PLUS Vincent Price movie-themed cocktails, drinks and more
COME INTO THE KITCHEN

Hollywood Icons: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Lillian Gish, Robert Mitchum, Ronald Colman
Hollywood Beauties: Anne Francis, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, Jane Russell, Lana Turner
Horror Legends: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr, Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre
Hollywood Heavyweights: Charlton Heston, Charles Bronson, Dana Andrews, Victor Mature
British Greats: Diana Rigg, Ian Ogilvy, Jane Asher
Comedy Greats: Groucho Marx, Terry-Thomas
Plus The King — Elvis Presley
…and many more

FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA
  • 52 extensive biographies of Hollywood and British cinema legends
  • 52 comprehensive film reviews

THE FILMS

  • A selection of classics ranging from Service de Luxe (1938) to Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Includes film noir, comedy, thriller and drama favourites such as Laura (1944), Champagne for Caesar (1950), Shock (1946), Dragonwyck (1946)  and The Whales of August (1987)
  • PLUS 20 years of chills and thrills: From House of Wax (1953) to Theatre of Blood (1973)

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT OUR UPCOMING PUBLICATION PLANS
FOR SUPPER WITH THE STARS!

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SIGN UP!!

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Vincent Price’s Gingerbread makes for a sweet Valentine treat

Last Sunday was St Valentine’s Day and Vincent Price fans across the UK and the US joined together for another special online zoom event hosted by yours truly and Victoria Price.

We had a ball showing vintage TV shows, holding a trivia quiz (which proved very popular) and presenting some delicious food fare made especially for the occasion.

Wanting to bake some heart-shaped cookies (in honour of Vincent’s wonderful turn in Edward Scissorhands), I found a suitable recipe in Vincent’s 1969 Come Into the Kitchen Cook Book – Hard Gingerbread.

If you stick to the measurements, this makes a mammoth amount – so I halved everything and ended up with 48 medium-sized cookies. I also didn’t have a heart-shaped cutter, so I improvised but making one out of cardboard. I think it worked quite well.

Now, they did come out a little on the pale side (as I used maple syrup instead of molasses, which I could not find ), but dipping them in chocolate ganache was a sweet solution.

Next time, I will certainly seek out molasses or golden syrup and will up the amount of ginger – just for a little extra heat. A wonderful Valentine treat.

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WIN! The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray

To celebrate the stunning UK 4K restoration release of the extended cut of Roger Corman’s 1964 masterpiece, The Masque of the Red Death, we have one Blu-ray and one DVD to give away courtesy of Studiocanal. Open to UK residents only. 

JUST ANSWER THE FOLLOWING:

Which other Edgar Allan Poe tale is incorporated in Corman’s film, The Masque of the Red Death

  1. Ligeia
  2. Hop-Frog
  3. The Fall of the House of Usher

Email your answer to info@vincentprice.com by 31 January at midnight.

Please ensure you supply a UK address in order to participate. 

Drawing of winner will take place on 1 February

READ MORE ABOUT THE UK STUDIOCANAL RELEASE HERE:

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Our Sale is STILL On!

As there’s no chance of getting out to the shops for the usual January sales, how about checking out these fantastic Vincent Price themed goodies in our Vincent Price store

There are two gorgeous posters illustrated by Graham Humphreys, a glow-in-the-dark tee, Vincent’s wonderful musings about the great women in his life, and a knock-out EP featuring Vincent reading Poe’s The Conqueror Worm to a mind-tripping electronic beat.

Just head over to The Vincent Price Store by clicking on any of the goodies below.

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Murder, She Wrote Cookbook | House of Hickman Chicken and the Cheddar Cheese soup saga

American actor Dwayne Hickman (b 1934) is best known as the title character in the 1960s US sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis opposite future Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver, and appearing in a handful of American International Pictures drive-in teen flicks like How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. He and his Bikini co-star Frankie Avalon also teamed up for the 1965 Vincent Price spy spoof Dr Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine.

So when it came to testing out a recipe for Jenny Hammerton’s forthcoming culinary collection, the Murder, She Wrote Cookbook, I couldn’t resist trying out Dwayne’s House of Hickman Chicken. Little did I imagine just what a saga it would turn out to be.

Now although this is Dwayne’s recipe, it was his first wife Carol who actually did all the cooking in the Hickman household. The story goes that while Carol (who was married to Dwayne from 1963 to 1972) was spending a week in New York, some of the couple’s friends had decided to drop in on Dwayne, who then decided to cook dinner for everyone.

He remembered a favourite recipe that Carol had made with chicken and cream of mushroom soup. By mistake, however, he added in cheese soup, but it was one of those great accidents, as it went on to become the standard way to make the dish over at the Hickmans.

American actor Dwayne Hickman at home with his wife, actress Carol Christensen (1937 – 2005), circa 1965. (Photo by Graphic House/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Here’s Dwayne’s original recipe… and what it looked like on my first attempt.

HOUSE OF HICKMAN CHICKEN
(serves 8)

INGREDIENTS
8 half chicken breasts
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 can cream of celery soup
1 cup chopped mushrooms (canned or fresh)
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

METHOD
Mix the soups, onions, and mushrooms together. Lay the chicken breasts in a casserole or baking pan. (You can serve from the casserole: if you use a baking pan, you have to put the chicken on a platter when it’s done). Sprinkle with pepper, and bake in a 350C/Gas Mark 4 oven for about an hour.

MY COOKING NOTES
* As I wasn’t serving a gang, I used four chicken breasts from my local butcher and sliced them in half. I also halved all the other measurements to serve four.
* For the soup, I used standard 295g cans of Campbell’s condensed soup – (I must admit the cream of celery was hard to find, but the cheddar cheese soup was another story – see below).
* I also sautéd some extra fresh mushrooms (pan-fried in a little butter) and added them to the top of the mixture, but also kept some aside to sprinkle on top after taking it out of the oven.

MY VERDICT
Even though I used some extra mushrooms, I actually found this dish to be rather bland. Will I try it again? Probably, but I’ll certainly be adding in a dash of tabasco or some such spicy sauce. Also – as you will read – I will probably have to make my own Cheddar Cheese Soup (the recipe is at the bottom of this post).

THE CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP SAGA
OK, so I wanted to use the exact ingredients to learn what made this dish so popular with the Hickmans. However there was a problem. It was that serendipity ingredient – the cheese soup. It’s not readily available in any UK grocery stores.

Last November (which seems like forever, now that we are all in lockdown), while I was in New York conducting one of my Vincent Price Legacy UK tours, I thought it would be so simple to just pop into a store and get a couple of cans. Uh! Uh! I couldn’t find it anywhere. However, one of our attendees, Patricia, who lives in New Mexico and is a big foodie, said she could get them cheap at her local Smith’s grocery store and send them to me. I said, great! Well, what I didn’t know was how much a can of Campbell’s condensed Cheddar Cheese soup being sent from the US to the UK was going to end up costing me.

About a month after I had returned from my trip to the US, I got an email from Patricia asking if I had received a surprise package from her. I said I hadn’t. So I did a little sleuthing and discovered that Patricia had written the wrong postcode on the package being sent to me in London. It was now sitting in a sorting office in Exeter, even though it had originally been sent to an East London postal office not far from where I live, and a delivery was attempted to a similar address to mine in Tiverton. Thankfully the staff at Royal Mail were really helpful, and they had it delivered to me the following day.

I was really so thankful to Patricia for sending me this elusive ingredient, but the cost of shipping was ouch!!!. After working it all out, those two cans came to US$22 a piece. Oh well, at least it makes for a great dinner conversation and thankfully I have found an alternative.

Those extra sautéd mushrooms really helped.

HOMEMADE CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP
I haven’t tried this as yet as I still have one can left for another attempt, but if I do then I’ll be trying this recipe which looks like the perfect substitute for the hard to find Campbell’s Soup canned variety. Will just have to readjust the measurements, I suppose.

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt (Kosher)
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

METHOD
1) In a small saucepan add the butter and melt over low heat.
2) Add in the flour and whisk, cooking for about a minute (but stop if it turns brown at all).
3) Add in the salt, mustard and milk and whisk until smooth.
4) Add in the cheese and whisk until smooth

Prep time (5mins), Cook time (10mins)
Serves 1, Calories 712kcal

If you’d like to test a recipe for the Murder, She Wrote Cookbook, just click on the link to register.

Dwayne was also a bit of a crooner in the day… so I’ll leave you with this little ditty

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Three new interactive group events coming at ya!

Vincent Price Legacy: Virtual Visual Vincent: For the Love of Art
Sunday 17 May, 8pm (BST)

Join Victoria Price, Peter Fuller & global fans for this interactive Group Event. Peter will share rare clips showcasing Vincent’s lifelong love of the visual arts. Victoria will show slides and tell stories about her father’s favourite artists and works of art. And we invite fans and artists to share their art work, their Vincent tattoos, or the ways that Vincent has inspired your own love or art. Show items from your collection or the work of favourite artists. Let’s celebrate our Love of Art!

Sign up now: https://victoriaprice.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=category%3AVincent+Price+Legacy

Vincent Price Legacy: Victoria Price presents: Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life (A Photographic Talk followed by a Q&A)
Wednesday 27 May, 7.30pm (BST)

Victoria Price has shared her popular talks about her father’s life with audiences all over the world. But this year on his birthday, she’s excited to celebrate it virtually, with people who may not have been able to meet her in person — as well as those who may have heard her speak before.

She will be giving two talks on the evening of what would have been her father’s 109th birthday, 27 May. One for European and UK audiences and one for US audiences. Featuring rare photos and lots of stories.

Sign up now: https://victoriaprice.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=category%3AVincent+Price+Legacy

Vincent Price Legacy: The Birthday Boys: A Virtual Vincent Celebration
Sunday 31 May, 9pm (BST)

Join Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria & Vincent Price expert Peter Fuller host a birthday celebration and Q&A about House of the Long Shadows — starring birthday boys Peter Cushing (May 26), Christopher Lee (May 27) and Vincent Price (May 27). Dress up for the occasion and we’ll raise a toast to Vincent with special cocktails — as we answer Q&As about Vincent and The House of the Long Shadows.

Sign up now: https://victoriaprice.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=category%3AVincent+Price+Legacy

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No jacket required | Our Virtual Cook-up was a taste sensation

Over the past three weeks Victoria and myself have been hosting weekly interactive Q&A’s via zoom and our latest saw us celebrating Vincent’s culinary legacy with over 40 fans tuning in from all around North America and the UK. It was another great success with cooking, clips, cocktails and chat being the menu de jour.

The different time zones meant some attendees where making brunch, others lunch, while in the UK, it was dinner time – and everyone got into the spirit sourcing their inspiration from Vincent and Mary Price’s three classic cookbooks: A Treasury of Great Recipes, Come Into the Kitchen and Cooking Price-Wise. Here’s just a sample of what was dished up.

Stateside, Sara crafted her own hibiscus and mezcal cocktail: Masque of the Red Death
Jaime prepared blueberry muffins, banana bread (no nuts) and iced coffee
David whipped up some of Luchow’s German pancakes and as Vincent always did himself, gave the first one to his dog
Jaime served up Spanish beans
Michele prepared some fruit-filled French Toast Santa Fe
Over in the UK, Chris and Pippa made a boozy trifle
Sarah made a very meaty spaghetti bolognese
Selene served up moussaka but with a Keto kink, while we all enjoyed a rare never-before-seen clip from Vincent’s 1971 TV show, Cooking Price-Wise
Jenny, my collaborator on the forthcoming Co*Star Cookbook, made Cannelloni alla Passetto

Our next session takes place on Sunday 17 May (8pm BST), where the theme will be art and collecting – so show us your art, tats and the pieces that inspire you, plus will have clips and a discussion on Vincent’s lifelong passion for the visual arts. SIGN UP HERE

Then, on Sunday 31 May (9pm BST), we celebrate the birthdays of Vincent, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Just watch the film beforehand and then join in our Q&A session about their friendships and collaborations on film, TV and even radio.

SIGN UP HERE

Here’s the link to the film: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1x6uxh

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Vincent Price’s scrumptious Banana Nut Bread

Have you, like me, been letting your bananas get a little too ripe lately? Well don’t throw them away as I’ve got another tasty recipe from Mary and Vincent Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes cookbook – Banana Nut Bread. It really is so simple to make and you can scoff a slice or two for breakfast, morning or afternoon tea, or even as a late-night snack.

Here’s how to make it and at the end of the post, there’s a video of me making it. Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
Butter
Sugar
All-purpose flour
Baking soda
Salt
Bananas
Walnuts

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to moderate (350F/4).

2. Cream together until lights: 1/2 cup (113g) butter and 1 cup (200g) sugar.

3. Beat in 2 eggs.

4. Sift together 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir into butter-sugar mixture, blending well.

5. Stir in 1 cup mashed ripe bananas and 1/2 cup (40g) chopped walnuts.

2. Spoon batter into a well buttered 1-pound bread tin (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/4) and bake in moderate over for 1 hour, or until loaf tests done.

7. Cool for 5 minutes, then turn out on rack to cool completely.

MY TIPS
When creaming the butter and sugar, ensure the butter is at room temperature to ensure a smooth mixture. Sometimes I cheat and put the butter in the microwave for 1min using the quick defrost setting. Just don’t let it turn to liquid.

As for the eggs, I always take them out of the fridge a couple of house before using them. Like the butter, they work best at room temperature. I also lightly beat them separately before folding them gently into the mixture. This helps with the rise of the loaf I suspect.

If you don’t have any walnuts around, try toasted almonds or cashews (40g) or even chia seeds (1tsp).

As for the bananas – the riper then better I say. And rather than waste them if you have more than 1 cup mashed, just throw the whole lot in and give the baking an extra few minutes. Just so long as you knife comes out clean you will be OK.

Looking pretty sad, but look what they can become (below)…

MY VERDICT
A winner! This has become a firm favourite in my household, and we are now making it once a week. Great toasted with some butter and jam.

Here’s a demo of how to make this delicious dish from scratch.

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