Sheila Lukins, author of U.S.A. COOKBOOK, is a chef, cooking teacher, and food writer, whose best selling books THE SILVER PALATE COOKBOOK, THE SILVER PALATE GOOD TIMES COOKBOOK, THE NEW BASICS COOKBOOK and the ALL AROUND THE WORLD COOKBOOK have more than 5.5 million copies in print.

Since 1986, Lukins has been the Food Editor of Parade magazine, which has reaches more than 83 million people each month. She has lectured, taught, and demonstrated cooking throughout the United States, has appeared on national television numerous times, and has contributed to all the major food publications. In May 1997, United Airlines presented their new coach class menu based on recipes created by Sheila Lukins.

Throughout her career, Lukins has received many awards for her contributions to the food world. They include Business Woman of the Year for Gourmet Takeout from New York University's Small Business Administration; three awards from the National Association of Specialty Food Trade; and the New York Association of Cooking Teachers Life Achievement Award. In 1992, Lukins was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America and The Silver Palate Cookbook was named to the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame. In 1998, the U.S.A. Cookbook was nominated for a James Beard Award. In 1998, the Inflight Food Service Association presented its Award of Distinction to United Airlines for its economy meal service developed with Sheila Lukins. IFSA also bestowed an Honorary Award upon Ms. Lukins based on her contributors to the inflight service insustry.

A native of Philadelphia, Lukins attended Tyler School of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and graduated with honors from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After graduation, Lukins moved to London where she studied at The Cordon Bleu School and did freelance graphic design for London theater productions. She continued her eduaction in both cuisine and art in Paris, where she lived for one year. She also spent time in Bordeaux working with various chefs. After moving back to New York, Lukins founded "The Other Woman Catering Company", and in 1977, she co-founded The Silver Palate; interest in the company was sold in the summer of 1988.

Ms. Lukins is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Cooking Professionals.


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Published: 2000