The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins with Sarah Leah Chase, illustrated by Sheila Lukins is not only a cookbook, but also a good resource about food. It has interesting sidebars about certain ingredients, menus for different occasions, quotes about food, serving and presentation suggestions.
The Silver Palate was (is?) a restaurant. This book, some others and a line of foods now sold in grocery stores also developed out of the restaurant.
copyright 1984, 1985
While many of the recipes are more complex, require special ingredients or techniques that I don't feel like using, I still find this cookbook to be a useful reference. The sidebars are interesting, and the suggestions about complementary flavors or foods are helpful. -- CocoaZen 02:58, August 12, 2011 (UTC)