The Silver Palate Cookbook

The Silver Palate Cookbook

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by Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins

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Celebrate the Silver Anniversary Edition of THE SILVER PALATE COOKBOOK, now with a feast of full-color photographs throughout and a vibrant new cover. This edition is the perfect gift to replace the millions of bedraggled copies in kitchens across America and will introduce its timeless pleasures to a new generation of cooks. An incon with over 2.3 million copies in…  See more details below


Celebrate the Silver Anniversary Edition of THE SILVER PALATE COOKBOOK, now with a feast of full-color photographs throughout and a vibrant new cover. This edition is the perfect gift to replace the millions of bedraggled copies in kitchens across America and will introduce its timeless pleasures to a new generation of cooks. An incon with over 2.3 million copies in print, it feels as fresh and exciting as the day it was published, mixing remarkable recipes (Salmon Mousse, Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Decadent Chocolate Cake, the entire pasta chapter, and of course, Chicken Marbella) with those passionate sidebars, boxes, tips, and lore that make every reader fall I love with food all over again.

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Chicken Marbella
from The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

This was the first main-course dish to be offered at The Silver Palate, and the distinctive colors and flavors of the prunes, olives and capers have kept it a favorite for years. It's good hot or at room temperature. When prepared with small drumsticks and wings, it makes a delicious hors d'oeuvre.
The overnight marination is essential to the moistness of the finished product: the chicken keeps and even improves over several days of refrigeration; it travels well and makes excellent picnic fare.

Since Chicken Marbella is such a spectacular party dish, we give quantities to serve 10 to 12, but the recipe can successfully be divided to make a smaller amount if you wish.

16 pieces, 10 or more portions

4 chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each, quartered
1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed
1/4 cup dried oregano
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup pitted prunes
1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives
1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice
6 bay leaves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup Italian parsley or fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped

1. In a large bowl combine chicken quarters, garlic, oregano, pepper and coarse salt to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice, and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 350° F.

3. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them.

4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest, yield clear yellow (rather than pink) juice

5. With a slotted spoon transfer chicken, prunes, olives and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat.

6. To serve Chicken Marbella cold, cool to room temperature in cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If chicken has been covered and refrigerated, allow it to return to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juice over chicken.

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What People are saying about this

Giada De Laurentiis
"As someone who grew up in an Italian home, cooking primarily Italian food, I've always considered The Silver Palate my go-to source when I needed a recipe for quintessentially American food - that's just as true today as when I started cooking from it as a teenager!"--(Giada De Laurentiis, author and Food Network star)
Rachael Ray
"What tasty food innovations - I have definitely riffed on Sheila and Julee's themes often. The Silver Palate Cookbook will be around for another 25 years . . . maybe it will be called The Gold Palate Cookbook then!"--(Rachael Ray, author and Food Network star)
Paula Deen
"A big old Southern toast to The Silver Palate ladies. They got people into the kitchen who never would have turned on the stove. This new edition of their classic cookbook (with pictures!) should be in your kitchen; it is in mine."--(Paula Deen, author and Food Network star)
Ina Garten
"With The Silver Palate Cookbook, Julee and Sheila connected with how people really wanted to cook - fresh, easy, and very delicious - and they changed the cookbook world forever."--(Ina Garten, author and Food Network star)
From the Publisher
"A wonderful cookbook. How nice to have a beautifully illustrated version of it."
— Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart
"The Silver Palate is a wonderful, useful cookbook. How nice to have a beautifully illustrated version of the original."--(Martha Stewart, author and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
Thomas Keller
"It is hard to believe that it's been 25 years! The Silver Palate Cookbook remains as fresh and beloved as when it was first released. Congratulations to Julee and Sheila for achieving this milestone - and for the constant inspiration" --(Thomas Keller, author and chef and owner of The French Laundry)

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Meet the Author

Sheila Lukins, one of America's best-known and best-loved food writers, was the co-founder of the legendary Silver Palate take-out shop. Her celebrated cookbooks, written alone and with her Silver Palate partner, Julee Rosso, helped change the way America's eats. For the past 23 years, she was also the Food editor of Parade Magazine.

Julee Rosso Miller co-authored the Silver Palate in 1979, and wrote The Silver Palate Cookbook in 1982, followed by The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook and The New Basics Cookbook. She also wrote Great Good Food and Fresh Start, and with her husband runs the Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first began to learn how to cook I was overwhelmed with the array of cookbooks on the market. I purchased several compilations and found many of the recipes to have uneven results. You could spend an hour on a recipe only to have it turn out to be the blandest meal ever produced. In came The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. This cookbook was notable for breaking away from traditional American fare, creating celebrated innovative American recipes and incorporating fresh ingredients. It now seems like a staid proposition, but twenty-five years ago, using fresh ingredients was a novel idea. While some cookbooks are formidable in size, The Silver Palate perfectly hits its stride with just enough recipes, covering finger food, fish, cheese, meat, dessert, vegetable and drink dishes. The most wonderful part of this book is that the recipes are uniformly fantastic. Chili for a Crowd, Minty Cucumber Salad, and the favorite, Chicken Marabella, are not only simple in their execution, they are delicious. Although I haven't made a dent in the dessert section, for fear of changing my entire diet solely to sweets, the dessert recipes I have tried are scrumptious. The book is enhanced with sidebars that explain how to cook herbs, or prepare edible flowers. The only cautionary note is that The Silver Palate includes a hefty amount of rich ingredients, which today, you can easily find substitute products and still get the same excellent results. Quill says: Cookbooks come and go, but this one will endure for the ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have had this cookbook for many years. My copy wore out and fell apart so i wanted to get another one as i love it. Great recipes in this and it has been redone with beautiful pictures.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My softbound book is well used and I am very happy to have found a digital copy. This is not just a great cookbook, but also a great read. The anecdotes and side panel information are really what make this book stand out. The recipes always turn out well, a definite plus.
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I've been trying to find a copy of this cookbook for years. My ex and I each get the original one for half the year! Thanksgiving dinner has to have the apple sausage stuffing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great reference for recipes that have become standards in all gourmet kitchens.
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Profrayne More than 1 year ago
The only thing better than the original Silver Palate Cookbook is this new 25th anniversary edition. It contains the recipe for their world-famous Chicken Marbella, which alone is worth the price of the book. It is an easy to follow, easy to read cookbook with recipes that will suit both the novice and those of us who are always looking for something different for tonight's dinner. The full color illustrations are glorious, and the flavor combinations are outstanding. This is a great cookbook to give to newlyweds as well as celebrants of 25th or later anniversaries, Like the best cookbooks, it is also fascinating to read just for the fun of it.
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SMAF More than 1 year ago
This is a book I have used for years and love to give as a gift. In its day, it was innovative, using good, fresh ingredients in creative and healthy ways--often classic recipes, but with a flair. Maybe an unexpected or unusual ingredient, or an extra-rich dessert. The cookbook has worn well over the years, and still seems fresh and new.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a few Silver Palate cookbooks. This one is easy to read, easy recipes and I now have a great cookbook for our cottage. I had to make dinner for 80 people and made Chicken Mirabella - it received rave reviews. Good cookbook to buy for your kitchen library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This original edition of this cookbook has been in my mother's kitchen for as long as I can remember. The recipes she found in it helped make it the warm, fragrant, delicious place that I remember. Now that I'm newly married, this new edition has found a permanent place in my kitchen. Some of my husband's and my favorite recipes are from this cookbook! It's a must-have for any kitchen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While a number of the recipes tend to be pretentious, some of them are so simple they defy reason. The pasta with tomatoes and brie is absolutely fantastic and is so easy to put together, it's ridiculous. And the Chicken Marbella is fantastic as a buffet dish, but it's even better cold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to cook with flair, this is the book for you! The Silver Palate Cookbook is an excellent addition to any kitchen. All of the recipes are easy to follow and the results are excellent. Truly one of the best cookbooks in my collection.