I just learned that Sheila Lukens, co-author of The Silver Palate cookbook, died yesterday.
Here is the obituary from the New York Times.
When I was in seminary, we were required to take a short course in January – between the main fall and spring terms. The class doesn't jump out in my mind, but it was taught by Dusty McDonald, Dean of the Seminary of the Southwest, and I remember him recommending to us that we find something we enjoyed to add to our busy lives.
Dusty said that he had purchased The Silver Palate cookbook years before, and had (or was) cooking his way through the cookbook. This was before Julie & Julia – and it seemed to me that finding a good cookbook, and making things from it regularly was a really good idea.
I bought The Silver Palate and started cooking. I think the first thing I made was the potato cheese soup (page 60). I've made that recipe so many times that the book binding is broken.
I have so many cookbooks that are barely used, but The Silver Palate had been a great help to me, and given me and the guests at my table, many, many good meals.
Thank you Sheila Lukens & Julee Rosso. Thanks to you too, Dusty, for the good recommendation.