How do you eat your eggs in the morning? Cracked in a pan of hot milk and hastily swallowed like Marilyn Monroe.
A few cookbooks that once belonged to the Some Like It Hot star have shed new light on the unorthodox eating habits and home life of the screen siren.
The worn-out volumes, up for auction in New York and expected to fetch $75,000, include typed meal plans, handwritten recipes, shopping lists, and notes.
They reveal that the actress often enjoyed a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast, along with a cup of milk or weak cocoa and two slices of toast, followed by a boiled egg or spaghetti with tomato or butter for lunch, and roasted meats for dinner — concluded with rice pudding for dessert and an eggnog at 11pm.
A few cookbooks that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe (pictured right in 1950) have shed new light on the on-screen Siren’s unorthodox eating habits and home life.
A 1951 edition of The New Fannie Famer Boston Cooking-School Cook Book includes notes in Marilyn’s hand for beef bourguignon, corned beef and cabbage, and marrow pipe soup. An accompanying shopping list shows that she would buy up to eight marrow bones and some stock cubes for the latter.
The second cookbook, The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, features newspaper clippings of recipes that caught her eye, as well as the typed meal schedule.
It also includes a salad dressing recipe and an image of a bottle of Tabasco sauce.
John Zuckerman of Siegel Auction Galleries, who will put the cookbooks up for sale on June 22, told The times: “Being so famous and eating out was hard… The paparazzi weren’t as big as they are now, but they sure followed her… there was no Uber Eats or anything like that.”
A 1951 edition of The New Fannie Famer Boston Cooking-School Cook Book contains notes in Marilyn’s hand for beef bourguignon, corned beef and cabbage, and marrow bone soup
The second cookbook, The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, is home to newspaper clippings featuring recipes that caught Marilyn’s attention, as well as the typed meal schedule
In September 1952, 10 years before she died of a barbiturate overdose at age 36, Marilyn talked about her health regimen in an interview with the now-defunct Pageant Magazine.
Speaking of how she got her famous curvaceous figure, which she “never found so exceptional,” she spoke of her diet which others said she had branded “absolutely bizarre.”
Marilyn Monroe’s VERY Egg-stra Daily Diet Plan
BREAKFAST: Glass of warm milk with two raw eggs cracked into it, or bowl of hot cereal with two slices of toast, a cup of milk, or weak cocoa
LUNCH: Boiled egg, or spaghetti with tomato or butter
DINNER: Roast meat, marrow pipe soup, beef bourguignon or corned beef and cabbage
DESSERT: Rice pudding
BEDTIME: Glass of eggnog
For breakfast, Marilyn drank a glass of warm milk with a beaten egg, as well as a multivitamin.
“Before I take my morning shower, I start to heat up a cup of milk on the stovetop I have in my hotel room,” she explained.
“When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, beat them with a fork, and drink them while I get dressed. I supplement this with a multivitamin pill.
“I doubt a doctor can recommend a more nutritious breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”
The actress skipped talking about lunch, but said her evening meal was almost always the same — some kind of protein with raw baby carrots.
My dinners at home are surprisingly simple. Every night I stop at the market and get a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I roast in the oven. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that’s it,” she said.
“I must be part rabbit, I never get bored with raw carrots,” she added, adding that she always had room for dessert.
“It’s a good thing I guess I just eat during the day, because in recent months I’ve developed a habit of stopping by Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor on the way home from my evening drama classes for a warm fudge sundae. I’m sure I couldn’t afford this indulgence were it not for the fact that my normal diet consists almost entirely of protein-rich foods.”
The cookbooks originally sold at Christie’s in 1999 for $45,000 – two lots of approximately 600 items from her property that were auctioned off. They were reportedly bought by a collector who was an avid cook.