Friday, July 17, 2009

Opening Sentence of the Day: The Silver Palate

"The Silver Palate was born of two women's personal desperation." -- The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins Nothing conjures up old cooking memories like this cookbook. I had The Joy of Cooking with me when I got my first apartment, but The Silver Palate Cookbook was my first "grown up" cookbook. I just love the 1980s yummyness of it. My original copy went the way of the original husband. I was very happy when my friend Tracey gave me a new copy several years ago -- as a gift when I got married for the second time (here's to both lasting longer than the first ones). Because this cookbook has so many connections and memories for me, I decided to actually read it like a book. This will count for both the Colorful Reading Challenge and the Spice of Life Challenge.


  1. I have a parallel cookbook path: I had the Joy of Cooking with my first apartment and The Silver Palate was my first grownup cookbook, too. However, my current first husband and I share Joy of Cooking and all the Silver Palate cookbooks, which reside amicably on the same shelf and have for many years.

  2. ... but way too often we just throw stuff together without looking at a cookbook at all. So even when it turns out well (and sometimes it does) it's tough to replicate.

  3. Me too! Or I get in a real rut and replicate the exact thing over and over again. I'm getting some good ideas from actually reading the book.


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