Cookbook: Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, you may be looking for a few new recipes to mix in with your tried-and-true favorites. Like last year, we’ve found some amazing suggestions for you — all from recently released cookbooks.
First, let’s start with THE cookbook you need: Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well, by Sam Sifton. Here’s the promo description: “From one of America’s finest food writers, the former restaurant critic for The New York Times, comes a definitive, timeless guide to Thanksgiving dinner — preparing it, surviving it, and pulling it off in style. From the planning of the meal to the washing of the last plate, Thanksgiving poses more — and more vexing — problems for the home cook than any other holiday. In this smartly written, beautifully illustrated, recipe-filled book, Sam Sifton, the Times’s resident Thanksgiving expert, delivers a message of great comfort and solace: There is no need for fear. You can cook a great meal on Thanksgiving. You can have a great time.”
Yes, you can. With Amazon Prime (the best investment I made last year, without a doubt), you can have the hardback cookbook in plenty of time (that is, if you’re more of the “leisurely” type of planner, like me). If not, there’s the Kindle edition–instant help from Sam!
And even faster than that, you can find the recipe for Three-Pepper Sausage Cornbread Dressing here, the recipe for Basic Cranberry Sauce here, and another interview with the author here. I’m not sure which is my favorite quote:
- “‘I’m not a chef and most people aren’t.”
- “I wanted to remove some of the stress that people feel cooking it, hosting it and attending it [Thanksgiving].”
- “The best Thanksgiving sandwich is the first one that you eat. You eat it as soon as you get hungry again, in the kitchen, probably barefoot and when it’s dark.”
- “There is no place for herb aioli in a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. That’s absurd.”
Or finally, that the proper butter-to-potato ratio in mashed potatoes should be “frighteningly close to one-to-one.”
As a Thanksgiving traditionalist, I do know one thing: I’m a new fan of Sam’s.
Looking for still more Thanksgiving help? Check out Tasting Table’s Thanksgiving Gathering Guide 2012, with 25 recipes, 5 videos, and 3 menus.