The following interview was conducted in May 2007. Lukins died on Sunday, August 30, 2009.
A Conversation with Cookbook Author Sheila Lukins
Celebrating the 25th anniversary edition of the seminal Silver Palate Cookbook, the Parade food editor explains what's changed in the new book and the truth about recipe theft
Epicurious: The Silver Palate takeout shop in Manhattan inspired the book of the same name. Who came up with the recipes? The name?
Sheila Lukins: I did a lot of the cooking, but Julee [Rosso] did brilliant marketing, and opening the store was her idea. At this time, two women in business was a big deal. Especially on the Upper West Side. [The New York Times's] Florence Fabricant was writing about the renaissance on Columbus Avenue and Florence needed to know what we were going to name this store. Because she had a deadline for an article. We had all these names like the Purple Onion and Seaboard Deluxe, which in coffee terms means "to go." And she said,Read More »from From the Archives: An Interview with the Late, Great Sheila Lukins