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post Feb 14 2012, 05:56 AM
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Thank you (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) I have that book. It's wonderful to see how many of you have taken an interest in my project and how helpful you all are (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/marilynbybrandon_190.gif)
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post Feb 22 2012, 07:19 PM
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I had to share this with you.

The receipts, all written out to "Marilyn Monroe" or "M Monroe" and from either Beekman Market or A. Fitz & Sons Meat Market, based three blocks her New York apartment, show what Hollywood's brightest star was eating.

Purchases include artichokes, eggs, English muffins, cucumber, radishes, strawberry jam, cheddar cheese, corn-on-the-cob, strawberries, endive, steaks, milk, lamb chops and chicken.

The receipts are to be sold by an anonymous source at an Bonhams and Butterfields entertainment memorabilia sale in Los Angeles on December 21, when they are estimated to fetch a modest £470.


This was in 2008. I wonder who bought the receipts...

But I'm going to build something around Marilyn's list! My mind is already full of ideas (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

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post Feb 23 2012, 01:28 AM
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post Feb 23 2012, 09:13 AM
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Thank you Suus!
I wish I could find out everything there is in those receipts. That would be interesting when you think of my book project, and also I could create recipes around those (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
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post Feb 23 2012, 09:47 PM
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Paju - it may be expensive but great if you could actually put those receipts in your book. Do you plan to include photos? May be hard to find copyright holders ...
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post Feb 23 2012, 10:00 PM
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I hope that I can have some MM photos in the book, and I want them to be related to food somehow (like those posted earlier in this thread). I really have no idea about copyrights - that's why having a publisher would be great. Also real receipts would be wonderful, but... Let's see what's possible (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
There will at least be photos of the dishes, hopefully of each and every dish featured in the book. What I'd love to do is to go to L.A. and have some photos of the restaurants in the book too. I don't know if it will happen, but we'll see...
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post Feb 27 2012, 05:18 PM
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Once again, I'm trying to bring my MM book blog back to life. I'll be blogging about the cookbook there too, so check out my Marilyn Monroe Book Blog (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
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post Apr 11 2012, 10:13 PM
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I am so looking forward to your book and can hardly wait. I was recently in Memphis visiting Graceland and was astounded how many Elvis Presley cookboks there are, `the Presley family cookbook`, `Fit for a King` and more. I just so want a Marilyn cookbook, but I don`t think you should modernise to much, but try to be as authentic to the dishes Marilyn ate as you can. In Marilyn la`moure by andre de dienes there are some references to Marilyns healthy apetite. Didn`t she use to have two raw eggs beaten in a glass of hot milk (whipped up with a fork) for breakfast around 1952? Supplemented with a multi-vitamin pill. She ate raw carrots with her broiled meat like steak,lamb chops or some liver(this is from an article I found on the internet, sept 52 issue of Pageant magazine) Article says:I never get bored with raw carrots:). She had developed the habit of enjoying a hot fudge sundae at Wil Wright`s ice cream parlor after her evening drama classes.Quote:"I`m sure that I couldn`t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods".Wow, this is Marilyn a la`1952. Quite modern! I have also read she ate cottage cheese when dieting. I hope your project goes well, and good luck! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/balloon.gif)
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post Apr 12 2012, 03:46 PM
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Thank you! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) Yup, that breakfast is familiar as well as her carrots with broiled meat. The hot fudge sundae habit is new to me, thanks for that (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) She did eat quite a lot of protein and also healthy carbohydrates.
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http://glamournet.com/legends/Marilyn/monthly/shape1.html
Well, in the article she says this about the hot fudge sundae, so take it with a pinch of salt. But the other info seems correct so. I have tried linking the article here for you, so you can check it out yourself. The article is called "How I stay in shape".
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post Apr 13 2012, 05:18 PM
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Thank you for the link (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
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post May 7 2012, 04:11 PM
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Now this is the kind of book that i would just love to own and carry with me all the time! Some of the other books just have a list of what she ate but no details or recipes inspired by what Marilyn loved to eat! Please keep us all up to date on its progress! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/jumpymm.gif) (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif)

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post May 8 2012, 08:50 AM
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Thanks! I've sent the idea to some publishers, let's see if they're interested (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) Meanwhile, I'm working on some of the recipes, trying to decide which ones I'm going to try first etc. I've also thought about the photos - my boyfriend is a very good photographer and he's agreed to do that for the book, and my mom has said that I can use her plates and forks and whatever I might need in addition to my own of course. There's so much to do but it's something I love to do!
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post Aug 31 2012, 06:14 PM
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Just found this thread. Paju, I hope you know I support you! It's amazing you're doing this. It's a lot of work but I know you can make it happen! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/jumpymm.gif) The concept is amazing - who wouldn't want to know what Marilyn ate? After all, her body was amazing and surely "her secrets" interest people, women especially. (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/balloon.gif) If I were you, I would perhaps emphasize this great side to the book in the promotion (to publishers), it might interest them because there's a huge market there. I can already see women's magazines getting all excited: "Read where Marilyn wined & dined, what she ate to indulge herself, try out her recipes - and learn exactly what she ate to keep that famous body looking fit!" (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)

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post Aug 31 2012, 08:03 PM
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Marilyn's diet was very close to today's low carb diet - she ate quite a lot of steaks, salads, fresh vegetables, eggs, milk.
Not much bread, pasta, pastries, candies or junk food.
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post Sep 1 2012, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE(Paju @ May 8 2012, 08:50 AM) *
Thanks! I've sent the idea to some publishers, let's see if they're interested (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) Meanwhile, I'm working on some of the recipes, trying to decide which ones I'm going to try first etc. I've also thought about the photos - my boyfriend is a very good photographer and he's agreed to do that for the book, and my mom has said that I can use her plates and forks and whatever I might need in addition to my own of course. There's so much to do but it's something I love to do!


Sirkku, in regards to styling the food - I'd ask publishers what they like. Such as using china and cutlery from the 50s and 60s or simple white china so the food really stands out. Sourcing items from vintage stores might add a nice touch?
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post Sep 2 2012, 05:12 PM
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Thank you Tiina (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif) I hadn't thought about it but it's true - what she ate also affected her beautiful body and that might interest some readers a lot!
M Berton, my mom has some vintage items and so have I - they're Finnish but they're from the 1950's, so that might be a nice touch like you said (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
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post Dec 2 2012, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE(Paju @ Feb 9 2012, 05:19 AM) *
No, I'm just happy that you've taken an interest in my little project. I'd love to have some photos of MM eating in the book. Those hot dog ones I really love, also some of these that I've attached to this post would be great in the book.

About the foods - yep, that's pretty much what I found out during the research for my thesis. During her first marriage the combination of carrots and peas was very often on the plate, and they actually went hunting and fishing, so I'm going to include some recipes that use game meat and fish. Also the picnic lunches - I remember reading that she'd pack herself something in a picnic basket and go to Santa Monica.
During her starlet years she basically lived on cheap hamburgers, coffee, crackers, that sort of thing. After she posed nude they went to eat chili. Of course she was sometimes offered meals by wealthy men. On this she commented that she'd eat, because she was hungry, but she couldn't be bought. Also she was anemic at one point.
With Joe DiMaggio she learnt to cook Italian - and I'm very lucky, because next summer I'm going to Sicily! Joe's parents were from Sicily, and I'll get to taste authentic Sicilian food. One dish I'm definitely going to try in Sicily and also include in my cookbook is Pasta Alla Norma. It's Sicilian and even if it wasn't, it should be in the book based on the name alone (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) Also Marilyn said that she's really good at cooking steak and that even became Joe's favorite dish. And she went to Japan with DiMaggio, so I suppose they tried some Japanese food...
I'm also going to include some New York style food, and Susan Strasberg gives a lovely description of her family's cooking in her book, so that's a big help. Also some Jewish dishes, matzo balls, chicken soup, borscht soup...
When she came back to L.A. she didn't cook at first, but she started enjoying food again a bit later. She went to Mexico in 1962 so it's safe to assume that in her life she ate at least some Mexican food. She said in an interview that she loved food with flavor - and Mexican food really has flavor. Towards the end of her life she didn't care for desserts anymore, but during her marriage with Miller she did.
As for movies, they go for hamburgers in How To Marry a Millionaire, and a fancy dinner on the cruise in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Girl offers Sherman champagne and potato chips in Seven Year Itch, and Vicky mentions she wants a big steak and a salad in There's No Business Like Show Business.
I'm also going to have a list of her addresses as well as the restaurants she used to go to, and whether or not they're still in the business. I'd really love to go to L.A. and N.Y. and try some of those restaurants myself (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

I am really going to have fun with this project! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/jumpymm.gif)



Wondering about the progress of your book,I have been thinking about it quite a bit and hope that you have made a lot of progress.
I have included pictures of Marilyn eating and drinking that i have colorized myself, please feel free to use them in your book if whatever publication company decides that that they do want pictures of our girl eating and drinking. I would be over the moon but if you decide not to that is fine as well.
My name is Andre Smith of Long Beach New York, A Marilyn fan since the age of 13 and I am sure a going to be a big fan of yours the day that your wonderful idea becomes a reality. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at my personal e-mail address mmfan.as.1@gmail.com
All the best to you!

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Thank you very much Andre, this means a lot to me (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)

I have made progress with the cookbook, tried some new recipes and fine tuned some others. A Japanese Onion soup recipe is the next one to try. Pasta alla Norma has been perfected, and I still need to work on the Beef Bourguignon - just to give some examples. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get a publisher yet, but I'm going to keep on trying.
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QUOTE(Paju @ Dec 2 2012, 12:20 AM) *
Thank you very much Andre, this means a lot to me (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)

I have made progress with the cookbook, tried some new recipes and fine tuned some others. A Japanese Onion soup recipe is the next one to try. Pasta alla Norma has been perfected, and I still need to work on the Beef Bourguignon - just to give some examples. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get a publisher yet, but I'm going to keep on trying.


Wow that sounds great! Have you discussed your idea with any publication companies in other countries? I will actually ask around to the few people that i know in the business and let you know what they tell me about the options that you may have and not be aware of. But again just wonderful! Whats funny is that every time that i eat; make dinner or go out to eat I always think to myself "Is this something that Marilyn would have liked?" Hehe! it's become such a habit that i i don't realize it, however i have all my fingers crossed for this wonderful and heart felt project of yours.

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