Your Thanksgiving Kitchen Helper

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Have you figured out where and with whom you’ll be celebrating and eating? If you’re cooking, have you begun planning your meal? If you’re a worrier, have you begun panicking? No matter where you are in the process, here are a few books, DVDs and websites to help you plan a Thanksgiving meal, figure out what to take to a potluck, or decorate.

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
New York Times Cooking editor Sifton covers everything Thanksgiving in this short (133 page) book: planning your meal; recipes for both classic Thanksgiving dishes and for new interpretations of those classics; instructions for setting the table; ideas for decorating; and musings on the nature of the holiday.

Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers
Rodgers presents everything you need to get a Thanksgiving meal for 8-12 people on the table. He covers classic recipes and new twists for appetizers and drinks, soups and salads, turkey, stuffing, side dishes, breads and desserts. He also includes “make-ahead” information for most recipes and a planning timetable so you can make the most of the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family of Friends by Alexandra Shytsman
Create a new tradition (or invigorate an existing one) by focusing on gathering with friends for Thanksgiving. Shytsman provides recipes, timelines, shopping tips, decor advice, music suggestions and games and activities in a trim 111 pages.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas
If you’ll be hosting vegan or vegetarian guests this holiday, check out Atlas’ ensemble of 200 recipes for festive occasions throughout the year. She begins with 58 pages dedicated to Thanksgiving, from soups to mains. Atlas also includes an etiquette primer for the vegan invited to a meat eater’s Thanksgiving.

Jacques Pepin’s Thanksgiving Celebration
Perhaps you’re feeling too crunched for time to read a whole book of recipes? Watch this hour-long DVD of Jacques Pepin cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal.

Don’t have time to go pick up a book at the Library? Check out Thanksgiving Tips from kitchn, including a mashed potato cheat sheet, a gluten-free menu, a turkey game plan, and a last minute thanksgiving timeline plus much more.

Finally, perhaps you’re also in the market for some fun turkey books to read with your kids Thanksgiving week. We’ve got you all set with Talkin’ Turkey.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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