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