Joan Crawford’s French Banana Salad (1928)

Last week everyone went completely bonkers for both the premiere of Feud: Bette & Joan and for Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips, so I decided to make a dish for episode 2!

Here is one of Joan’s favorite recipes, originally published in a 1928  article titled “Soup, Salad and Dessert: They Make or Mar the Meal” from an issue of Photoplay Magazine.

Check it:

…once in a while, being only human, Joan forgets all about her careful diet, as witness her recipe for French Banana Salad…

I don’t know how bananas, peanuts, mayo and lettuce read as FRENCH, but as I established with her Danti-Chips, I’m not gonna question Ms. Crawford.

Because she will cut a bitch.

So here it is–if you dare–Joan’s French Banana Salad…

Honestly, I don’t know what the fuck this is.

I mean, it’s banana and mayo and peanuts and lettuce, but REAL TALK! You’re gonna tell me that THIS is what Joan Crawford ate when she went against her careful diet? A banana with mayo and peanuts? Not ice cream? Cake? Pie?

Yeah, this is how I felt about this shit:


It was wrong. All kinds of wrong.

The succession of flavor was as such:

  1. Peanut
  2. Mayo
  3. Banana
  4. & peanut again

That ain’t good. I am completely befuddled.

Even though this was–like I said, I don’t know what the fuck this is–my goal is to make a Bette/Joan-related dish for every episode of this series. So keep your Sundays open. But! There are some big changes coming up at DiS HQ–which I will tell you all about very soon! So if I fail, don’t hate me.

OK, kittens–are ready for episode two?

Here’s the trailer!

Enjoy tonight’s show! Tomorrow let’s have a chat over on the Facebook Page!



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11 Responses to Joan Crawford’s French Banana Salad (1928)

  1. Mum says:

    I just watched episode one and I am in love. However, Miss Joan’s bananas leave me cold. I am fairly sure that she added TONS of liquor to this dish and didn’t tell anyone.

    • yinzerella says:

      Where would you add the booze? Or do you think she was just really drunk before she thought this was a good idea?

  2. Kathy says:

    Do you remember the banana salad they’d sometimes serve in the TickTock Shoppe?

  3. I cannot WAIT to watch Feud. I am hoping I will have time tomorrow night for the first episode. I actually LIKED Joan’s French Banana Salad – and you have given me an idea. I’m going to run a little competition over at SSS for a copy of the Joan Crawford Cookbook…


  4. Ooh, actually, we could run it together – for your readers and mine – whaddya say? x

    • yinzerella says:

      Sure! Join in on the fun!
      At some point today I am going to put a big photo of your book and a link on the sidebar there.
      I want your sales to go up up up!!!

  5. You darling! Competition coming soon!

  6. Angie says:

    Maybe she ate it because it was so bad it would put her back on track.

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