Vincent Price and Boris Karloff both used some weird ingredients in their homemade guacamole recipes

Boris Karloff and Vincent Price are perhaps the two most well-known horror movie actors in history. But that's not all they had in common—they were, apparently, both fans of homemade guacamole.

Karloff's recipe was originally published in a newspaper (I couldn't track the original source, but the earliest date the image appears online is from November 2013). I personally prefer a squeeze of lime, rather than lemon juice, in my guacamole, but otherwise this is pretty straight-forward—except for that little touch of sherry. I've never tried that myself, but I bet it's worth a shot.

(The newspaper article also refers to this as a "sauce," which is…not how I tend to think of my guac?)

• 2 avocados • 1 med. tomato, chopped fine • 1 small onion, minced • 1 tbsp. chopped canned green chiles • 1 tbsp. lemon juice • 1 tsp sherry • Dash cayenne, optional • Salt, pepper

Peel and mash avocados. Add onion, tomato and chiles, then stir in lemon juice, sherry and seasonings to taste, blending well. Serve as a dip for tortilla pieces or corn chips or as a canape spread. Makes 10 to 12 appetizer servings.Peel and mash avocados. Add onion, tomato and chiles, then stir in lemon juice, sherry and seasonings to taste, blending well. Serve as a dip for tortilla pieces or corn chips or as a canape spread. Makes 10 to 12 appetizer servings.

It was much easier to trace the source for Vincent Price's recipe, which was published in a cookbook that he and his wife put out in 1965. Read the rest

Cooking Price-Wise

Cookbooks by Vincent and Mary Price are amongst my very favorite.

This new edition of Cooking Price-Wise is certainly a family affair. Originally published as a compendium of recipes shared on Price's titular UK television programme 'Cooking Price-Wise,' daughter Victoria and son V.B. have both added memories, stories and personal anecdotes that make this the version to own.

The Price Family's cookbooks are marvelous. In addition to being an authority on art, cuisine and a wonderful actor, Vincent Price was a master storyteller. Recipes are recollection! They involve tales of their origin or other anecdotes that make the dish more than just delicious as prepared.

Cooking Price-Wise is no different! This wonderful book is jammed to the brim with recipes and Price family history. Victoria Price included sections of The New Dr. Price Cook Book and shares the story of Dr. Vincent Clarance Price, the grandfather of Vincent Price, who invented Baking Powder and began a long culinary legacy.

Organized by the types of food Vincent Price was working with during the filming of his UK based TV show, there is a section on Bacon.

Due to the nature of his programme, all the ingredients were generally available in most UK markets at the time of filming. Price and the writers were absolutely certain they needed to make these dishes accessible to the folks who were watching, so generally, you will not go off on a wild goose chase although internet ordering has made that less an issue in many places. Read the rest

Another awesome cookbook from Mary and Vincent Price

I was so happy to learn of Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the Kitchen: A Collector's treasury of America's great recipes that I pulled over to the side of the road to order a copy.

One of my favorite podcasts, Stuff You Missed in History Class, had a chat with Victoria Price about her father, the famed Vincent Price. The entire podcast is wonderful. They briefly mention the Price's A Treasury of Great Recipes, which is one of my favorite cookbooks. At the end of that segment Victoria says something along the lines of, "...and they just re-issued the second book."

I slammed on the brakes! I pulled over to the shoulder, shook my head in shock and then clearly thought: "Re-issue?" Within moments a hardcover copy of the 1969 edition, with its dust jacket was on the way. I could have had the re-issue for $5 less.

The Price's earlier Treasury is a pleasure to just sit and read! In addition to amazingly delicious, and fairly easy, recipes from the greatest restaurants on earth, it is a cookbook that shares an adventure. You get to see the world's restaurants and meet the people that make them great with Vincent Price! I couldn't wait!

Come into the Kitchen offers up Mary and Vincent's favorite American foods, by historic period in time. Some of the earlier recipes take some cooking tools we don't much use any longer, and probably were not a whole lot easier to find in 1969, but you certainly get a feel for how regionality and availability of foodstuffs has changed over the several hundred years this catalogs. Read the rest

'Ant Man' as a 1950s Monster Movie narrated by Vincent Price

We would see the hell out of this movie at the drive-in.

Mary and Vincent Price's incredible recipe book

This book is as much an adventure as it is a collection of recipes.