The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

This cookbook offers a good food, good friends, good times approach to entertaining that is infectious in its high spirits. The authors own The Silver Palate, a small restaurant in New York. In the eight years during which they have been open, they have catered parties ranging from the intimate to the gargantuan. Readers will benefit from the authors experience and their love of their work, which has included world travel in search of the authentic, the new, and the intriguing.

This is their second published collection of recipes. Some bookstores carry both THE SILVER PALATE COOKBOOK, their first book, and THE SILVER PALATE GOOD TIMES COOKBOOK as a gift set. They are similar in layout and spirit, but the second volume is dedicated specifically to holiday celebrations, both official and concocted for the fun of it.

Starting with a spring brunch recipe for smoked salmon spread, Rosso and Lukins run through the seasons of the year with wonderfully festive dishes, menu suggestions, whimsical quotations, and creative entertaining ideas tucked into the margins. They even include some technical information on spices and other ingredients as well as explanations of some of the more unusual or difficult cooking methods. Rosso and Lukins cover an impressive amount of material in addition to their 450 recipes.

A raspberry souffle to top off a Valentine’s Day dinner completes the year’s cycle of recipes, which range widely in formality and difficulty. Rosso and Lukins take a gourmet approach in a relaxed fashion; they can skip from an elegant pate to a homemade fudge sauce with no fuss.

This cookbook is magic. It looks great, reads well, and just begs the reader to cook from it. Do not miss the cranberry lattice pie!