Celebs and their food fetish
Through life's highs and lows, these stars looked for the ultimate satisfaction in food. Here is a list of celebs who love food.
Once a rock and roll superstar and sex symbol, Presley went on a downward spiral after dealing with career and relationship troughs and drug addiction. The one thing that provided him succour was food. The greasier it was, the better. In a BBC documentary on Presley's eating habits titled The Burger and the King, his cook of 14 years, Mary Jenkins Langston, says, "For breakfast, he'd have homemade biscuits fried in butter, sausage patties, four scrambled eggs and sometimes fried bacon.
I'd bring the tray up to his room, he'd say, 'This is good, Mary.' He'd have butter running down his arms." His favourite snack, though, was peanut butter and banana sandwiches fried in copious amounts of butter. "It'd be just floating in butter," Langston said. Presley died in his bathroom at age 42.
Leave the gun, take the cannoli. Marlon Brando does not say this famous line in The Godfather. But he'd have loved to. The legendary actor was an unabashed eccentric and glutton. His breakfasts would often comprise corn flakes, sausages, eggs, bananas and cream, and a big stack of syrup-drenched pancakes.
Kark Malden, a friend of Brando's, said that during the shooting of One Eyed Jacks Brando would eat two steaks, potatoes, two apple pies a la mode and a quart of milk for dinner. Ice cream was especially dear to Brando. In his later years he'd be spotted buying five gallon containers of the treat. No wonder he swelled to 350 pounds in weight at one point.
"You can tell from our sizes," Randhir Kapoor once said in an interview about the Kapoor family's love for food. The clan has roots in Peshawar, and enjoys the rich non-vegetarian fare which the north is renowned for. Yakhni pulao is a family favourite. Of late they are more conscious about health, and the current generation of Kapoors, including Kareena and Ranbir, have kept the kilos away. But they are as enthusiastic about food as their predecessors.
The Kapoors were equally known for being generous hosts. Raj Kapoor, one of the pillars of Indian cinema history and a capable cook, would be disappointed if the table was not heaving with food. In Raj Kapoor Speaks, a book on the thespian by his daughter Ritu, Krishna Kapoor writes, "The great cook was a poor eater. He could not bear to see a poorlylaid table, it had to overflow, but he himself merely nibbled at the food and then settled for his usual pao and eggs and a little daal. For years he ate no lunch, only dinner. At parties he merely pretended to eat. When he got home — sometimes in the early hours of the morning — he promptly had his fried eggs."
Like Brando, Gandolfini's most famous portrayal was of a mob boss (Tony Soprano). Like Brando, Gandolfini liked his chow and drink. Reports of his indulgent last meal hours before a fatal heart attack killed him at 51 may have been exaggerated. (Gandolfini reportedly knocked back two plates of fried tiger prawn, foie gras and eight alcoholic drinks, which his friends and family denied.)
But Joey Pantoliano, his Sopranos co-star, said he was always worried about Gandolfini's eating habits. He remembered a scene where he ate steak and eggs for hours. "I said do you know how much cholesterol is in there? And he said, 'Eh.' And he is chewing the whole time. He says, '25 per cent of my arteries are blocked.' I said, 'Are you crazy?' And he said, 'Hey, 75 per cent still work.'".