1989, 1st edition; West Coast Publishing, Buena Park, CA; oversized hardbound in very decorative boards with bold gilt lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with a few extra pages from publisher; wonderful black and white and color photos; very nice.
Quite rare hardcover book, written by Elvis' cook and maid. She shares stories and memories of her days taking care of Elvis and Priscilla. Includes rare photos of the interior of Graceland when Elvis lived there, (very different from the way it is now).
Mary Jenkins -
Mary Jenkins Langston, who cooked for Elvis Presley for 14 years, serving him meatloaf, banana icebox pie and his beloved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, died at a Memphis hospital on Tuesday. She was 78.
Her caretaker said the cause was complications after two strokes.
''He said that the only thing in life he got any enjoyment out of was eating,'' Ms. Langston said in ''The Burger and the King,'' a 1996 British Broadcasting Corporation documentary on Presley's eating habits. ''And he liked his food real rich.''
She cooked the meals in king-size proportions: cheeseburgers, chicken-fried steaks, hamburger steaks, caramel cakes and family-size bowls of banana pudding.
''For breakfast, he'd have homemade biscuits fried in butter, sausage patties, four scrambled eggs and sometimes fried bacon,'' she said. 'I'd bring the tray up to his room, he'd say, 'This is good, Mary.' He'd have butter running down his arms.''
She became more than hired help. Over the years, Presley bought her four cars and a three-bedroom home. Last week, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis quoted Jerry Schilling, long a part of Presley's entourage, as saying, ''After a while when someone's there on a daily basis, they become family, and that's how Elvis thought of her.''