Baker and food writer
It’s hard to describe just how influential this small NYC food shop was in the 1980s and onward, founded by Sheila Lukins & Julee Rosso. The Silver Palate was a small gourmet deli that cooked food in the store and took inspiration from America, France and Italy in a way way that had rarely been combined before. Arguably it inspired, through a few generations, the modern bakery delis we see everywhere today. The Silver Palate Cookbook (1982) was a tightly packed collection of essential recipes from brunches, lunches and very easy supper meals, a huge success and the book to be found in casual dining kitchens from then on. It was about eating with friends and family with a charm and gusto, and still today is a extremely useful cookbook.
Food writer and editor
I bought my first copy of this book on a trip to America in the 80s and it seemed then so fresh and modern, with its line drawings, tips, lists and menu suggestions . The Silver Palate was a smart little gourmet take away place on the Upper West Side and the owners' first cookbook became a publishing phenomenon, selling millions of copies and introducing its readers to exotic things like pesto, raspberry vinegar and tapenade. I still make the chicken tarragon salad and the apple mousse with calvados sauce quite often.
Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Remember when raspberry vinegar was the most exotic pantry item you could have? Maybe not, but The Silver Palate books are like time capsules for how we ate in the 80s. I was at university in France then and they were my connection with American food culture. And the illustrations! So retro but fabulous all the same. Notable recipes: Chicken Monterey, Sweet Potato & Carrot Puree.
Founder and Director, Food+City
Another of our cookbooks that is covered in drips and spills. Long ago, we used this book for its recipe for carrot cake. Good for anyone who misses a cookbook that is unapologetic about the use of wheat, fats, and sugar.
chef/owner Porsena & Porchetta
I taught myself to cook all kinds of things with this cookbook as a college student at RISD. I still make the cranberry bread recipe
Director, Network London PR
I had visited the gourmet deli shop in New York often and the book promised me a bit of that glamour and good food at home)
One of the first cookbooks I bought for myself, this was my kitchen bible in the 80s and 90s. Still fond.
Chef, recipe tester and author
As a cook, it’s a must have. So many amazing recipes, menus, cocktails. You name it, this book has it.
Host/producer of cookbook podcast Cookery by the Book
“Ah the ’80’s," Jonathan Gold said about The Silver Palate Cookbook.
A wedding gift that expanded my cooking repertoire at an early age.
An early game-changer of recipes for entertaining
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