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Often Overlooked, Seriously Underrated

I LOVE Thanksgiving. It's probably my favorite holiday. Sure, it doesn't have the sparkle of other winter holidays or the anticipation of spring that Passover and Easter bring. It usually doesn't involve fireworks, sparklers, or grilling paraphernalia. But there is a heck of a parade!

What Thanksgiving lacks in glitz, it more than makes up for in comfort. For our celebration, we divvy up the dishes and always end up with a jaw-droppingly outstanding spread. (It doesn't hurt that I am affiliated with some phenomenal cooks.) There are always friends who join us for the feast and the evening is spent talking, watching movies, and relaxing. I love the warm herbs and spices that we use to flavor our dishes: sage and thyme, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. And really, what's better than the desserts that end up on the Thanksgiving menu?

If you're looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, there are plenty of cookbooks available at any Richland Library location. Here are some suggestions to get you started.


Alexis Says: Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Recipes
Amazon Says: Food writer and stylist Rebecca Ffrench comes from a long line of dessert lovers. She fondly remembers the special bonding time her grandparents had over dessert. The smell of more...
Amazon Says: Food writer and stylist Rebecca Ffrench comes from a long line of dessert lovers. She fondly remembers the special bonding time her grandparents had over dessert. The smell of fresh baked brownies transports her back into her mother’s kitchen where there was always some kind of foil-covered treat waiting on the counter. And, even today, she rarely lets the week go by without baking something for her family. Just as she remembers her mother’s warm, chocolatey pudding cake more fondly than her Monday meatloaf, Rebecca wants her own kids’ memories of dessert to be equally vivid. It was this very sense of nostalgia for these family heirloom recipes that planted the seeds for her first cookbook. After the loss of a beloved aunt, Rebecca came into possession of the aunt’s journal. It turned out that this journal was not only filled with memories but also a lifetime of recipes—recipes that would have been lost had they not been recorded and passed on. This inspired Rebecca to begin recording her family’s history and heritage through cakes and cookies, pies and puddings, tarts and treats, and in this book, she includes more than 75 of her family’s favorite “I’m home!” treats, from an ooey-gooey “Go-To” Hot Fudge Pudding Cake to a moist, dense Coconut Bunny Cake that Rebecca’s dad perfected to please his granddaughters. Any recipe you pick from her list sounds lush and tempting: Love Struck Sour Cherry Pie, Norwegian Custard Buns, Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts, No-Fail Caramel Sauce, Criss-Cross Apricot Coffeecake—the list goes deliciously on and on. Broken down into Preserving, Celebrating, Giving, and Creating, SWEET HOME teaches readers not only how to make delectable desserts, but how to keep your family’s traditions alive. Whether she’s preserving her Norwegian heritage by making Cloudberry Krumkaker Cones, celebrating Halloween with a Spooktacular Cheesecake, giving Kahlua Pound Cake through the post, or creating a new family tradition by making her father’s Chocolate Mudslide Cookies, Rebecca Miller Ffrench shows you how easy—and delicious—it is to make your home a sweet one. Add in the warm and winning headnotes on family and baking, tips to make each dish a success, and a special Baking Notes and Pantry section, and SWEET HOME is a recipe for a dessert classic—the perfect go-to guide for families wanting to preserve their history through recipes and food. less...
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Alexis Says: Feast
Amazon Says: Nigella Lawson, Gourmet magazine's "It Girl," New York Times "Dining In" columnist, and bestselling cookbook author, is celebrating life--and you're invited. Feast, more...
Amazon Says: Nigella Lawson, Gourmet magazine's "It Girl," New York Times "Dining In" columnist, and bestselling cookbook author, is celebrating life--and you're invited. Feast, Nigella's most festive book yet, offers savory, spicy, and delicious recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Eid, New Year's, Passover, Easter gatherings, and any time you want to celebrate food and life. This book is filled with festive recipes, and in it, Nigella offers tips, tricks, and shortcuts that will ensure you dine with ease, style, and fun. Feast also includes some surprising gems, like Nigella's Chocolate Cake Hall of Fame, and her best cheeseburger. And like her other cookbooks, Feast is a cookbook that will be treasured all year long. less...
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Alexis Says: 1000 of the best recipes.
Amazon Says: For the past six decades, Gourmet magazine has shaped the tastes of America, publishing the best work of the foremost names in the world of food. To create this landmark cookb more...
Amazon Says: For the past six decades, Gourmet magazine has shaped the tastes of America, publishing the best work of the foremost names in the world of food. To create this landmark cookbook, editor in chief and celebrated authority Ruth Reichl and her staff sifted through more than 50,000 recipes. Many were developed exclusively for Gourmet's test kitchens. Others came from renowned food writers and chefs and from the magazine's far-flung readers. Then the editors embarked on an extraordinary series of cook-offs to find the most unforgettable dishes, testing and retesting each one to ensure impeccable results. This collection, the only one of its kind, spans a vast range of cultures and cuisines. With it, you can go back to the time when Beef Wellington ruled the table or prepare something as contemporary as Crispy Artichoke "Flowers" with Salsa Verde. And whether you're cooking a simple supper for two or throwing a cocktail party for fifty, you'll make every dish with more flavor and more flair using The Gourmet Cookbook. It includes * 102 hors d'oeuvres, dips, chips, pâtés, and first courses * exciting vegetable dishes -- more than 120 in all -- using everything from artichokes to yuca * versatile recipes for every available kind of seafood, with many suggested substitutes * hundreds of simple but exceptional dinners * festive dishes for every occasion, including a perfect roast turkey with stuffings, the ultimate standing rib roast, and even a gorgeous (but easy) wedding cake * definitive versions of all the classics, from Chicken Kiev to Crcme Brulée and from Bouillabaisse to Pad Thai * more than 50 pastas and risottos, from quick everyday meals to party dishes * scores of soups, salads, breakfast dishes, and sandwiches, including the editors' all-time favorite pizza * a wealth of sauces and salsas, to transform ordinary meals into spectacular ones * more than 300 desserts: cookies, pies, tarts, pastries, buckles, crumbles, ice creams, puddings, mousses, and cakes galore, including cheesecakes and the nine best chocolate cake recipes Gourmet has ever published With engaging introductions to each chapter by Ruth Reichl, entertaining headnotes, indispensable information about ingredients and techniques, hundreds of tips from Gourmet's test kitchens, and an extensive glossary, The Gourmet Cookbook is the essential kitchen companion for anyone who wants one-of-a-kind recipes and spectacular results every time. less...
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Alexis Says: To give you a nudge in your menu planning.
Amazon Says: Martha Stewart offers 20 complete menus for gatherings both large and small, casual and sophisticated--all reflecting an elegantly relaxed approach to entertaining in the '90s more...
Amazon Says: Martha Stewart offers 20 complete menus for gatherings both large and small, casual and sophisticated--all reflecting an elegantly relaxed approach to entertaining in the '90s. With its delicious recipes, inspired styling, useful information, and exquisite photographs, this is the indispensable guide to hospitality. Full-color photographs. less...
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Alexis Says: How to choose wine to accompany your feast.
Amazon Says: A robust resource to take you from first sip to fully stocked wine cellar! With this guide, you can go from only knowing the difference between red and white to understanding more...
Amazon Says: A robust resource to take you from first sip to fully stocked wine cellar! With this guide, you can go from only knowing the difference between red and white to understanding the nuances of all varieties. You'll learn:How to make sense of a wine labelWhat to ask when choosing a bottle in a restaurantWhere to go for the best wine vacationWays to identify a good wine by smell and appearance Learning about wine--one glass at a time--can be delicious and eye-opening! Complete with a pronunciation guide and glossary of terms, this book will turn anyone curious about wine into a true connoisseur. less...
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