Bette Davis Introduces Her Mustard Gelatin Ring (1981)

No amuse-gueules, suburban dinner parties (or, worse still, urban ones), egg white enemas, coulis, gastro-pubs, wheatgrass juice or Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hollywood mainstay who writes on food as if in morbid dread that it will hurt her, each morsel a prelude to a new intolerance. Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was just fine with a Mustard Gelatin Ring.

 

American actor Bette Davis (1908 - 1989) smiles as she serves a slice of cake to US Army private Vazquez while helping Allied troops in the Stage Door Canteen, New York City, July 10, 1943. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American actor Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) smiles as she serves a slice of cake to US Army private Vazquez while helping Allied troops in the Stage Door Canteen, New York City, July 10, 1943. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

Gelatin. The stuff that made food suspend on the plate and filled a mould. Could Davis make the gelatinous gunk popular? Was she behind the mid-Century boom in gelatin dishes – or just another victim of the craze for longevity on a plate?

In Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn (1981) readers could experience the Davis diet.

 

bette davis recipe

 

“One of my great passions in life is New England boiled tongue and spinach. I’m insane about it.”

 

Via

 

Can you remember all the stars name-checked?

 

 

A little macabre note on how Natalie Wood liked cooking on boats (the actress died age just 43 when she fell from a yacht).

 

Natalie Wood boats

 

 

And now for that mustard ring.

 

bette davis recipe

 

And someone made it. The post-mortem:

 

 

Tastes of: regret.

 

2nd October 1975: Bette Davis (1908-1989), American film actress, at a press conference at the London Palladium, where she will make her stage debut. Amongst the members of the press is photographer Jane Bown. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

2nd October 1975: Bette Davis (1908-1989), American film actress, at a press conference at the London Palladium, where she will make her stage debut. Amongst the members of the press is photographer Jane Bown. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)