The original white cover Silver Palate cookbook is a must for every serious cook. When you open it up, it talks to you. You can hear laughter and imagined conversations. Showers, wedding receptions, graduations, recitals were all complemented by the recipes in this cookbook in my householed. It is written with such care and love. I featured the Chicken Marbella in this review but every recipe I have ever made has been a success. It has been to three continents with me and hosted many dinner parties!
Interesting, quirky and a whole lot of fun. Russo and Lukins really knew how to write cookbooks, and they did beautiful work together. From my recollection, this was one of the first "modern American" cookbooks, and they did some very different things. It was also one of the early trendsetters in the age of nouvelle cuisine in America, and I believe got people thinking about what they were doing at home with food. In some ways, these ladies were the American Julia Child, but with just a book, bringing a whole new cuisine to light. While it is a classic, I think their later books were better, though the illustrations are fun and the information contained in the books is hugely informative.
An oldie but goodie (1981) cookbook I turn to every now and then. I like the cookie recipes, the Applesauce Raisin Cake, and of course, the Chicken Marbella, which is a great recipe for a crowd, can be served at room temperature, and always receives rave reviews.
All of the cake recipes have that 'tried & true' quality, as do the cookies. Excellent standby cookbook.