The Silver Palate Cookbook, SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY

The Silver Palate Cookbook, SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY

Rosso, Julee [Co-Author]; Sheila A. Lukins [Co-Author and Illustrator]

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Date Published: 1982
Edition: First Edition, Early Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Book Id: 630

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A Fine ASSOCIATION COPY of the first edition, early printing (with the number line running from 10 to 4), in the Publisher's original boards (some light age toning to the board edges and spine ends, rear board's lower left corner lightly tapped but still sharp), in a Very Good + dust jacket (with some tiny edge tears and a tiny fold line to the rear flap's upper left corner), SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SHEILA LUKENS TO ELAINE KAUFMAN on the half-title as follows: For Elaine [curved dash] / With great admiration // Warm Regards, / Sheila Lukins. Julie Rosso and Sheila Lukins were founders and co-owners of the Silver Palate gourmet shop in Manhattan and Lukins also was, for 23 years, the food editor and columnist for Parade magazine, a position previously held by Julia Child. Rosso and Lukins wrote several books together, with "The Silver Palate Cookbook" (Workman Publishing, 1982) being their DEBUT BOOK. An instant hit, the book broke cookbook records by selling 250,000 copies in its first year and went on to sell millions of copies. As noted by a column writer in "bon appetit" magazine, other cookbooks of the day tended to call to mind fancy dishes that the reader's grandmother or mother would make for a dinner party, but "The Silver Palate Cookbook" was "...the exception. Published in 1982 by Manhattan-based duo Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, its recipes mix Spanish, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors in a time when everyone was obsessed with French cooking techniques. Lukins and Rosso introduced their readers to arugula, pancetta, and pesto way before it was cool. Now, it's hard to find a New American restaurant (or food magazine) that doesn't use these ingredients." Importantly, the book introduced its readers to recipes for food that was less labor intensive but showed one how to make really good food from scratch without having to spend all day to do it. We presume that the first printing was modest in size, and the book's great popularity would have necessitated a number of additional printings in fairly rapid succession. The first printing was issued in January, 1982 This copy was issued in April of the same year. Elaine Kaufman, the inscribee to whom the author gave this book, was the owner and operator of "Elaine's", a restaurant in Manhattan's Upper East Side, which she opened in 1963. Elaine's became a popular writer's dive. Famous authors dined there, and the New York Times described it as "something like the living room for New York's cop-and-writer set". As stated by the New York Times in her obituary: "Elaine Kaufman, ...became something of a symbol of New York as the salty den mother of Elaine's, one of the city's best-known restaurants and a second home for almost half a century to writers, actors, athletes and other celebrities." Woody Allen dined there regularly and filmed a scene for "Manhattan" there. The Lyrics to Billy Joel's 1979 hit "Big Shot", includes the line "They were all impressed with your Halston dress/And the people that you knew at Elaine's." Kaufman made a cameo appearance in the movie "Morning Glory," with Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams. The painters Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell also visited, and framed dust jackets of books written by authors who ate at Elaine's decorated the walls. Most diners schooled themselves not to react when the restaurant was visited by celebrities, but, as Kaufman related, the room stood still when Mick Jagger came in, once everyone stood and applauded when Luciano Pavarotti entered, and Willie Nelson kissed all of the women at the bar. Norman Mailer once had an argument with Elaine and swore never to return. He wrote her a negative letter and Elaine wrote "Boring" on it and sent it back to him. Mailer eventually broke his vow and came back. Entertainment Weekly held its Oscar Night party at Elaine's for a period of fourteen years and, in 2003, Kaufman was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. An EXCELLENT ASSOCIATION COPY of this work that changed the way people cooked, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SHEILA LUKINS TO THE GREAT RESTAURANTEUR ELAINE KAUFMAN. QUITE SCARCE INDEED


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