Diva in the Kitchen

What could possibly be more appetizing than Las Vegas female impersonator Frank Marino in drag? A cookbook featuring Marino’s favorite recipes along with pictures of him in drag, of course.

Cooking With the Diva contains more than 60 appetizers, entrees and desserts, each accompanied by a photo of “America’s favorite male actress” that has nothing at all to do with the recipe. The image accompanying his secret for spicy turkey tacos, for example, is a shot of Marino at a 7-Eleven sipping on a Slurpee.

Indeed, Marino won’t be a celebrity chef anytime soon—his recipe for Frank’s Cheese Spread calls for a jar of pepper and onion relish, a package of cream cheese and a bag of crackers. The instructions: “Stir together.”

But the Divas Las Vegas headliner isn’t out to be the next Betty Crocker. The soft-cover book is a fun strut down memory lane, showcasing dozens of hyper-stylized and heavily Photoshopped pictures spanning Marino’s colorful quarter-century career. The self-published cookbook/photo retrospective is available at the Imperial Palace box office for $20, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada.

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