Vincent Price, Gourmand ?

21 03 2011

This guy is a true renaissance man… to his credit, he has traveled the world with Oscar Wilde, written what is considered by most a series of classic must have cookbooks, an established actor who has done both ends of the spectrum in movies and tv, from the ridiculous to the big budget (Edward Sissorhands as an example) and to round things out, done a rap in the smash hit song “Thriller”, by Michael Jackson.

He was always around when I was a kid, growing up to his black and white horror movies on Sunday TV at home, but it wasnt until recently did I know he was a chef ! I was tickled to find a recipe labeled, “Vincent Price Poblano Chile soup”… I immediately downloaded the recipe just because he had done it. It wasnt until I was ready to make it that I did some internet research to find that after he stopped making movies in the late 60s, that he and his wife Mary wrote a cookbook called “Treasury of Great Recipes” and it is considered a classic !

One reviewer on Amazon says it is ‘the Madman of cookbooks’, a time capsule of what was considered exotic and different in the late 60s-early 70s. It is out of print and RIGHT NOW I have a bid on one on eBay. I must have one !
From the New York Public Library Archives “A Treasury of Great Recipes is not simply a recipe book, but a celebration of fine dining around the world, something the Price’s – no doubt – were very familiar with. Restaurants throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States are all represented, from Restaurant de la Pyramide in Vienne, France to Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. The menus of these establishments are printed inside, along with lush color photographs of the dining rooms.”

Here it is.. and it is on it’s way from Maine.. look for some more Vincent Price recipes in the near future !!


Vincent Price Poblano Chile Soup
Adapted to a stew from the Treasury of Great Recipes

* 16 oz Lean Pork
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1 medium Onion, Sweet
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 cup Corn, Sweet
* 2 Poblanos peppers, green, chopped
* 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
* 3 cups Cooking Stock Chicken
* 1/4 cup Cilantro, fresh
* 4 oz grated hard cheese (cheddar etc.)(optional if you are primal-paleo
* 2 oz Cured Chorizo (mild)

Choose a nice deep pot as this is going to simmer a bit ! Picture yourself as one of the witches at the beginning of MacBeth. You are indeed making a Vincent Price recipe.. you need to get into the mindset. Heat up oil and saute onions, garlic, and chopped poblanos until they become soft.

Add cilantro, and pork and cook pork until done. (no pink) Stir and cackle at this point, because you are in the moment. Once the pork has cooked up, add the chopped chorizo and let all the yummy flavour cook out of it, maybe 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, stir and let the rawness of that cook off. Now you are ready to add the corn, and chicken stock. At this point, set the burner on simmer, pop on a lid, and neglect it for a couple of hours. The flavours will all meld together.
Scoop into a bowl, add some cut up avocado and some shredded cheese (cheese included in nuts quoted) and serve. It is a whole bowl of wonderful !! I cut back on the stock and upped the meat to make this more like a stew. You can swap out the pork for chicken if you so choose. This recipe makes 8 1/2-cup servings.

Calories 206
Total Fat 9.23g
Carbohydrate 9.82g (net carbs 7.82g)
Dietary Fiber 2g
Protein 19.76g




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