|Bea Johnson told radio and TV audiences how to have a "Happy Home"|
In those years, "women's news" was limited to shopping, cooking and entertaining. But Bea was up for the challenge. Her biography in the cookbook describes her as "one of Kansas City's finest hostesses" and someone who "has a flair for the new and unusual in foods." The bio goes on: "Yet, as a busy mother, she knows the value of quick and easy food preparation. Her 'Lazy Johnson' menus and recipes on her daily radio program are nationally famous."
The book features photos of Bea with fashion designer Christian Dior, the Queen Mother, and Lady Astor.
The selected recipes include Bess Truman's "Escalloped Eggplant," "Spaghetti Duse" from Walter Wagner of Radio Free Europe, and "Mother Eisenhower's Cookies." Also: "a famous French dessert for your next important party." Yes, the recipe for "Bananes Flambees" was given to Bea by Prince Curconsky of France. Here it is.
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup brandy
1) Sprinkle bananas with lemon juice
2) Mix melted butter with sugar and pour over bananas. Bake.
3) When ready to serve, pour brandy over bananas and flame.