Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vincent Price

Few people know who Vincent Price is anymore, which is a shame. Vincent Price was the King of Terror in my mother's era. He was to acting what Hitchcock was to directing. Tall and gaunt with a voice made for causing chills. However even the vast number of fans knew he was also interested in Haute Cuisine.

For three Christmases mom and her two brothers exchanged gifts from their past. One Christmas I found a DVD copy of The Tingler. The Tingler was a Vincent Price movie my mother and her older brother had begged to stay up and watch and the story of that night was one I loved mom to tell. In the middle of the film the Tingler gets loose and the only was to weaken it was to scream. So Vincent stands up and commands "Scream! Scream for your lives!" at which point mom and her brother jumped over the back of the couch and peeking around the corner did whisper screams because if they woke the folks they would REALLY have something to scream about. When mom opened the gift she was stunned.

Now folks these days usually need films dripping with blood, murder and mayhem but I'm here to say the old ones work just as well even if they need a little help from the outside world. Mom and I sat watching the Tingler and even though the hoke puppet on  a string didn't scare us the thump thump of the music and the black out in the theater did cause a little tension. However when the Tingler dropped from the box that was when the mouse ( a recent and unwelcome addition) chose to shoot across the wires of the computer and off under the shelves. We jumped so badly that we were several feet away from the screen when mom let loose a string of profanities at the mouse. After our hearts stopped pounding we laughed. We now had our own story concerning the Tingler.

Some might wonder why I mention these stories in a FOOD blog but the reason is simple. Christmas 2008 brought a surprise in the form of a book. This book was written by Vincent and his wife Mary and it cataloged recipes from five star restaurants from all over the world. This book moved my passing fancy with food into a full blown obsession upon the making of a mushroom soup recipe that my brother (who has a very picky palate) ate not one but two bowls of.

I intend to make recipes from THE BOOK and catalog them here with pictures.
I hope you enjoy.