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One cookbook, one menu: Thanksgiving

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shutterstock_57388003In case you don’t already have hundreds of pins on Pinterest devoted to Thanksgiving dinner (or you do and you’re still looking for just the right menu), take a look at these cookbooks and suggested menus…





Thanksgiving: how to cook it well by Sam Sifton

A funny anecdotal, but also informational, guide to cooking the best contemporary Thanksgiving dinner.

“You should cook no appetizers… nothing is more annoying at Thanksgiving than spending an entire day cooking for people only to see them crush their hunger an hour before dinner by inhaling a pound of cheese, olives, or deviled eggs.” — Sam Sifton

A Simple Roast Turkey (p. 24)

Three Pepper Sausage Cornbread Dressing (p. 50)

Roasted Butternut Squash with Butter and Sage (p. 58)

Creamed Brussel Sprouts (p. 63)

Ginger Cranberry Sauce (p. 77)

Pear Cobbler (p. 113)

Leftovers: Turkey Gumbo (p. 123)


The Way To Cook by Julia Child

Classic, fine cooking from the maestra of fine home cookery herself.

Soup in a Pumpkin (p. 28)

Broil Roasted Butterflied Turkey (p. 158) or Eggplant Souffle (p. 292)

Old Fashioned Brown Gravy (p. 173)

Cauliflower au Gratin (p. 273)

Brussel Sprouts with Braised Chestnuts (p. 274)

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (p. 321)

Apple Charlotte (p. 426) or Apple Clafouti (p. 443)

Leftovers: Meatloaf Maison (p. 252)


The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal

This cookbook focuses on recipes free from the most commonly allergenic foods: dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Wild Mushroom Bisque (p. 35)

Roasted Turkey Breast (p. 99) or Turkey Meatloaf (p. 96) or Sunflower Lentil Loaf (p. 131)

Caramelized Onion Gravy (p. 153) or Avocado Raita (p. 154)

Rosemary Garlic Fingerling Potatoes (p. 143)

Acorn Squash with Cherries (p. 145)

Bib Lettuce with Fennel, Apple and Roasted Beets (p. 53)

Apple Pie with wheat-free crust (p. 169)

Leftovers: Turkey Noodle Soup with Spinach (p. 42)


Meals in Minutes by Jamie Oliver

Won’t have much time to cook on Thanksgiving?  Try one of these set menus that cooks in less than an hour.

Chicken Pie, French-Style Peas, Sweet Carrot Smash, Berries, Shortbread and Chantilly Cream (p. 90)

Mustard Chicken, Quick Daupinoise, Greens and Black Forest Affogato (p. 96)




Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon

Classic recipes from the Betty Crocker kitchen, veganized

Fresh Herb Spinach Dip (p. 411) and Smoky Winter Vegetable Bisque (p. 73)

Maple-Pecan Crusted Vegan Chicken (p. 134)

Fried Okra (p. 265)

Hem’s Fruit Salad (p. 119)

Sour Cream, Black Pepper and Chive Biscuits (p. 318)

Pomegranate, Cranberry and Cherry Crisp (p. 377) or Mini Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts (p. 336)


Fix It and Forget It Recipes for Entertaining by Phyllis Pellman Good & Dawn Ranck

Borrow a flotilla of crockpots (or farm out dishes to invited guests) and slow-cook your way to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Artichoke Dip (p. 235) & Spicy Autumn Punch (p. 251)

Slow Cooker Turkey and Dressing (p. 127)

Scalloped Corn and Celery (p. 193)

Broccoli Casserole (p. 196)

Sweet Potatoes with Applesauce (p. 203)

Apple Nut Bread Pudding (p. 229)

Leftovers: Turkey Barbecue (p. 130)


Planet Barbecue by Stephen Raichlan

For a Thanksgiving meal that’s a bit off the beaten path, try grilling.

Grilled Pumpkin Dip (p. 10)

Brown Sugar and Orange Brined Smoked Turkey (p. 407) or Salt-Roasted Chicken (p. 363) or Grilled Tofu with Chile Peanut Sauce (p. 561)

Grilled Corn with Butter and Cheese (p. 534)

Potato Kebabs (p. 545)

Grilled Butternut Squash (p. 556)

Stick Bread (p. 96)

Grilled Apples with Honey and Apple Wine (p. 569) and Smoked Ice Cream (p. 593)


Large Quantity Recipes by Margaret Terrell & Dorothea Headlund

Cooking for a REALLY big crowd this year?  These recipes are all scaled for 50 servings each.

Cheese Wafers (p. 5) and Hors d’Oeuvres (p. 60)

Roast Turkey (p. 187) or Mushroom Patties (p. 118) with Bechamel Sauce (p. 245)

Wild Rice Stuffing (p. 263)

Lyonnaise Carrots (p. 211)

Green Bean Mushroom Casserole (p. 215)

Banana Yams (p. 221)

Potato Rolls (p. 35)

Pumpkin Pie (p. 457)

Leftovers: Turkey Risotto (p. 111)


Kosher by Design by Susie Fishbein

If you will be celebrating the first night of Chanukah as well as Thanksgiving, here’s a menu for you!

Potato Latkes (p. 36)

Portobello Pesto Stacks (p. 38)

Greek Tomato-Spinach Pizza (p. 182)

Rigatoni a la Norma (p. 174)

Parmesan Crusted Grouper (p. 162)

Beignets (p. 279)


The Star Wars Party Book by Mikyla Bruder, Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis, Star Wars Cookbook II by Frankie Frankeny

For a *really* different Thanksgiving, try this…

Darth Maul Dip (Star Wars Cookbook II, p. 20)

Pickle Jar Jar (Star Wars Cookbook II, p. 23)

Jango’s Jambalaya (use turkey instead of chicken) (Star Wars Party Book, p. 25)

Taun Taun Toasties (Star Wars Party Book, p. 47)

Jabba Jiggle Salad (Star Wars Cookbook, p. 30)

Qui-Gon Jinn-ger Snaps (Star Wars Cookbook II, p. 51)  with Hoth Froth (Star Wars Party Book, p. 49)


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