I love this spinach salad. It’s easy peasy, tasty and fairly healthy… Reminds me of the Vincent Price Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing I have made a few times. Both lovely, although Vincent’s version includes eggs…
My recipe for Joan’s Spinach Salad is from the awesome Joan manifesto “My Way of Life”. This book is my bible. I strive to live my life the way Joan did! For example, I NEVER sit on a bar stool with my back to a room…
Last week, I was really excited to stumble upon a NEW Joan recipe that I don’t already have – for Boiled Beef. Vogue interviewed Joan in 1965 and she supplied them with four of her favourite recipes – three of which I already had from other sources and are included in the forthcoming Joan Crawford Cookbook, but the beef is new to me. Not sure if I’ll have time to test it and include it in the book, but I’ll try! Link to the Vogue article is here… it includes the spinach salad recipe if you can’t wait for the book!
The Joan Crawford Cookbook will be published on Saturday 8th November (see here for a sneaky peek). I will be hosting a virtual reality cookalong, sending out recipes from the book to friends and fans of Joan all around the world. If you’d like to participate please get in touch via the Contact Page or leave a comment below. Absolutely everyone is invited!
Everyone who cooks a dish will be entered into a free draw to win a copy of the book and will be a Silver Screen Suppers friend for life!
As someone who’s obsessed with recipes from Golden Age Hollywood stars, I’ve been following this blog for a decade and I STILL can’t find where the recipes are. Do you just tell people you made something without sharing the recipe?
Hi Suzanne – here’s something from my FAQ page that explains why earlier blogposts often don’t have recipes. For a few years now I’ve been including the recipes in blog posts and I’m always happy to send recipes to blog readers for earlier posts.
When I started the blog way back in May 2006 I didn’t think anyone would read it apart from the friends I invited round to try out the recipes. Food blogs have proliferated since then and now I realise that people who read the blog might want to try the recipes so I am endeavouring to put up recipes when I can. Main reasons for a blog post not having a recipe?
TIME – most of the recipes are American and measurements are in cups. Most of my blog readers are in the UK and we use pounds and ounces or grams. If I post a recipe, I want to do the translation work for my readers so they don’t have to do this themselves. Recipes (particularly from the 1930s and before) are often quite vague without specific oven temperatures or time to bake so I like to add these in for my readers. Re-writing recipes does take time and I want to make sure they are correct before I post them. I am not a full time foodie or writer, I squeeze this project in where I can around other commitments.
FAILS – if I don’t think a recipe quite works or isn’t very nice, I won’t post it. I wouldn’t want my readers to be disappointed by trying something that I don’t think is up to par. I’m always happy to send the recipe out though, if a reader particularly wants to try it for themselves.
BOOK – recipes that are destined for my books won’t always be published on the blog as I am tinkering with them. I’m always happy to email them to you though – especially if you are willing to report back. Offers to test cook recipes that will feature in my books are always welcome as I want to be 100% sure that these recipes work perfectly.
REPEATS – when I have made a dish before I will try and link back to the post where the recipe exists if possible. It’s going to take me a while to cross reference all the recipes but I’ll get there in the end.
FEATURED RECIPES – the recipe of the month used to be viewable on the website for one month. I now post them into a blog post so they will be available for ever.