A Southern Thanksgiving: Recipes and Musings for a Manageable Feast

Overview

National Book Award-winning novelist Robb Forman Dew first began collecting her Thanksgiving recipes at the request of a cousin who hadn't cooked before. In A Southern Thanksgiving, she gathers these step-by-step recipes to create a lovely Thanksgiving cookbook—both practical and literary—with a delectable menu for an easy-to-prepare, sumptuous Southern feast.

In recreating the ambiance of her remembered Thanksgivings in the South, she found that planning ahead is crucial to the...

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Overview

National Book Award-winning novelist Robb Forman Dew first began collecting her Thanksgiving recipes at the request of a cousin who hadn't cooked before. In A Southern Thanksgiving, she gathers these step-by-step recipes to create a lovely Thanksgiving cookbook—both practical and literary—with a delectable menu for an easy-to-prepare, sumptuous Southern feast.

In recreating the ambiance of her remembered Thanksgivings in the South, she found that planning ahead is crucial to the enjoyment of the day. A Southern Thanksgiving includes recipes for such delicious dishes as Yams Mousseline, Roast Turkey with Gravy and Cornbread Dressing, and Lalie's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie with Gingersnap Crust—many of which can be made weeks ahead and frozen.

Dew offers such an effortless strategy for preparing the Thanksgiving meal that both you and your guests will have the time to enjoy the day. Hers is a book to be treasured, savored, and used by first-time cooks and experienced hosts alike.

The American Book Award-winning author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death gathers her step-by-step recipes into a marvelous one-of-a-kind cookbook that is part celebration, part literary reminiscence, and completely delicious. Dew shows how anyone can create a lollapalooza of a Thanksgiving feast without knocking themselves out, simply by planning ahead. Illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Jacobs
First home, first adult Thanksgiving. . . and first turkey. "Facing an uncooked turkey for the first time is sort of like being told you have to read "The Sound and The Fury" and contemplating the book in all its complexity," says novelist Dew. Yet her short, simple, and elegant instructions do more to soothe holiday nerves than all "The Joy of Cooking" and Julia Child collections. Only a dozen recipes are included in a menu for 12; some reflect traditional New England fare (e.g., cornbread dressing with sausage and apples, cranberry jelly), while others display a southern heritage--yams mousseline, buttered long-grain white rice. What's most important, however, are her genteel confidence-building narrative and exhaustive preparation directions. Natchez-raised Dew proffers a sense of quiet, assured hospitality unmatched by even the best of holiday culinary ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781632863782
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/29/2015
  • Pages: 96

Meet the Author

Robb Forman Dew grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and spent many Thanksgivings at her grandmother's house in Natchez. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dew is the author of the novels Dale Loves Sophie to Death, for which she received the National Book Award; The Time of Her Life; Fortunate Lives; The Evidence Against Her; The Truth of the Matter; and most recently, Being Polite to Hitler, as well as a memoir, The Family Heart. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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