Thanksgiving in my family has always been big and loud and so much leftovers you’d eat for weeks afterwards. But as families move farther away whether they are retiring or falling in love or discovering a new career…or as the case with a lot of my cousins and I moving farther out so we can pay the bills – that is starting to change. And it’s changing for many Millennials across the country. We are having less food, less waste, and friendsgivings – creating a chosen family rather then flying across the country, which usually carries a stressful and very expensive price tag.
Here are a few books in our collection to inspire a new way of gathering at the table this holiday season:
The Friendsgiving Handbook by Emily Stephenson
A helpful guide to tackle the potential friendsgiving smorgasbord. Right off the bat it asks how much work do you want to do? Do it all, do a few dishes like the main entree and a dessert, or go full potluck style. No matter what you choose this book will get you through it.
Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman (A Peak Pick!)
Delicious and simple recipes that spark new ideas when having people over. Had me thinking of other alternatives to turkey like salmon with soy and citrusy charred scallions with a side of creamy cauliflower and onion gratin! Can’t get more Pacific Northwest than that!
Let’s Stay In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish the People You Love by Ashley Rodriguez
While not completely devoted to Thanksgiving this book also had me thinking outside the box…like what about Brunchgiving? It also establishes food as ritual, as a way to show gratitude and love at our table – all days of the year.
~posted by Kara P.