Sylvia Woods Cooked for Them All

In this Aug. 1, 2002 file photo, Sylvia Woods, center, moves to the music outside her restaurant, “Sylvia's,” during the restaurant's 40th anniversary celebration, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Woods died in Mount Vernon, N.Y. on Thursday, July 19, 2012. She was 86.
Woods, in 2002. Photo: Stuart Ramson/AP

"Queen of Soul Food" Sylvia Woods died in July, but the Harlem lunch counter she turned into an institution and civic hub is stronger than ever. For its annual "The Lives They Lived" issue, The New York Times Magazine runs an oral history of Woods and her food, with contributions from family, celebrities, and politicians including Grandmaster Flash, Ed Koch, Al Sharpton, Chris Rock, David Patterson, and more. ("Grilled chicken liver with tons of grilled onions and scrambled eggs, medium," Roberta Flack writes. "Oh, yeah.") The restaurant will add more seats, and of course, more soul food, next year. [NYT, Earlier, Related]