The 'Silver Palate Cookbook' by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso was published in 1979 and sold a record-breaking 250,000 copies in its first year (it went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies). It epitomized a burgeoning Manhattan foodie culture that was both sophisticated and fun emphasizing zesty dinner party fare. Seemingly overnight, Americans discovered "exotic" ingredients like arugula and balsamic vinegar.
I didn't cook from 'The Silver Palate' until the early 1990s when I was finishing college and then looking for a job in New York City. My little studio sublet near Central Park happened to be located in the heart of the authors' Upper West Side stomping ground. Their cottage-y gourmet food shop (which was way out of my budget) was right around the corner.
One steamy August afternoon, I cooked up a huge batch of Chicken Marbella in my miniscule galley kitchen for an evening picnic I was planning for my then-boyfriend's twenty-second birthday party. Friends helped lugRead More »from Recipes Worth Reviving: A Nostalgic Dinner from ‘The Silver Palate Cookbook’