The late Sandra Lawrence was a proud, life-long resident of Harlem. Her passion for Harlem’s food, arts, and architecture, including her own beloved brownstone on Convent Avenue, was legendary. A third-generation soul-food cook, she was an expert hostess who entertained frequently, using recipes from her personal family archive and her many trips abroad. Her recipes made her a “Grill Master” in the popular Grilling for Dummies series.
She made her career as a noted interior designer to the diplomatic community, and as a retailer of African fine arts and crafts. Her design work was published in the New York Times, Ebony, and Family Circle, among other publications.