Sheila Lukins attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Art Education from New York University. After graduation, she decided to pursue a culinary career and attended the Cordon Bleu School in London, while working as a freelance graphic designer for theater productions. She continued her education in Paris, and later worked alongside renowned chefs in Bordeaux. In 1977, she returned to New York and co-founded a gourmet food shop called The Silver Palate. She is the co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook and The New Basics Cookbook. She also wrote a few cookbooks on her own including Celebrate!, Ten, and the U.S.A.… Cookbook. In 1986, she succeeded Julia Child as Parade's Food Editor and wrote the Simply Delicious column for 23 years. She died of brain cancer on August 30, 2009 at the age of 66.
Julee Rosso Miller co-founded the Silver Palate gourmet take-out shop in New York City. She is the author or co-author of five cookbooks, including "The Silver Palate Cookbook", an inductee into the Cookbook Hall of Fame. She lives in Saugatuck, Michigan, where she and her husband are the proprietors of the Wickwood Inn, chosen by Travel and Leisure as one of the world's most romantic inns.
Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Her other books include Nantucket Open-House Cookbook and Cold-Weather Cooking. Currently she writes a weekly food column for Nantucket's Inquirer and Mirror newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.