Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Final Favorite Holiday Cookbook

My final favorite holiday cookbook is one of my all-time favorite holiday guide. This 25-year-old classic takes the home cook through all the great celebrations of the year. The Silver Palate Ladies revolutionized the way contemporary cooks fed and entertained their friends and families and their impact on their generation was huge. From Valentine's Day to New Year's Day, here is a holiday primer you can rely on.

THE SILVER PALATE GOOD TIMES COOKBOOK by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (Workman) is one of those ultimate holiday cookbooks and covers every type of holiday, party or celebration. So if you're looking for inspiration for a July 4th gathering, there is an adjustable Mean, Meaner and Meanest Barbecue Sauce, a Baked Country Ham for Easter, or aSmoky Pumpkin Soup for Thanksgiving. There's a whole chapter devoted to savory and sweet souffles--always a festive dish. And for Christmas there is a full compliment of holiday cookies (I have a friend who has made the delicious Viennese Christmas Trees for years), and an impressive Christmas Goose. The Silver Palate ladies have never disappointed me, and it's good to be reminded of this book, especially as 2009 saw the passing of co-author, Sheila Lukins.

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