Thanksgiving is one meal that everyone wants to get right. There are lots of food traditions associated with the holiday – including cooking a large bird that many of us only even see once a year – and family and friends come over to share all those foods, putting pressure on the head chef to get the food and timing just right. Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well is a guidebook that just might be the perfect accompaniment to your holiday preparations this year. The book is written by Sam Sifton, the former restaurant critic for The New York Times, who is a Thanksgiving expert and wants to help make you one, too.
This is not a book for beginners, nor is it a cookbook for experts. Sifton insists that this is for anyone who has ever cooked, or wanted to cook, Thanksgiving dinner and do it well – whether it is yourÂ 1st turkey day or your 26th. The book covers all of your turkey day basics, starting with the kind of turkeys that are available on the market and what the difference is between them, to the kind of equipment that you’ll need to have in your kitchen to pull off dinner. The recipes inlude both very traditional favorites and updated recipes for turkey, sides, sauces and desserts, so there is something for everyone. All of the recipes are detailed, clearly written to walk you through the process and make things as foolproof – and delicious – as possible.Â
With this book in hand, you can take some of the stress out of this holiday and be able to spend more time enjoying the whole process of cooking, eating and spending time with family. With no stress and great food, the first Thanksgiving dinner that you make with this book in your kitchen just might be your best one yet. And the book still has plenty of recipes for future Thanksgivings to come, so you can use it again and again to keep making Thanksgiving even better next year. And if you’re not the cook, you might want to pick up a copy of this book anyway because it will make a fantastic host or hostess gift for the anyone that you are going to be spending the holiday with.