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You probably know Vincent Price from his long acting career, which spanned nearly six decades. He appeared in movies like House of Wax, The Last Man on Earth, The Fly, and Edward Scissorhands, to name just a few, and lent his voice to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." But here's something I was surprised to learn: Price was as talented in the kitchen as he was on a movie set. The actor was a gourmet chef who wrote a number of cookbooks—and even had his own cooking show.

Price's first cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes, was penned with his wife, Mary, and published in 1965. Then, in 1967, came the 5-volume Mary and Vincent Price present a National Treasury of Cookery. Come into the Kitchen, also written with Mary, was published in 1969.

In 1971, Thames Television gave Price his own cooking show, Cooking Price-Wise with Vincent Price. The half-hour show ran for six weeks and spawned a cookbook of the same name. In the introduction, Price wrote,

There are three things which really turn me on, as the current saying goes, one is work – I’m never really happy when I’m not working, another is art and the third is food. This book is the follow-up to the television series I made recently, which was all about food. I didn’t invent the recipes in the book, or in the series. I collected them...

In addition to the cookbooks and his show, the actor released cooking tutorials on vinyl; you can listen to his receipe for Viennese Stuffed Eggs here and see him cooking with a young Wolfgang Puck here. He also demonstrated his cooking skills on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he poached fish in a dishwasher.

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