Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well: How to Cook It Well

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well: How to Cook It Well

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Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton, Sarah Rutherford


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.
With simple, fool-proof recipes for classic Thanksgiving staples, as well as new takes on old standbys, this book will show you that the fourth Thursday of November does not have to be a day of kitchen stress and family drama, of dry stuffing and sad, cratered pies. You can make a better turkey than anyone has ever served you in your life, and you can serve it with gravy that is not lumpy or bland but a salty balm, rich in flavor, that transforms all it touches. Here are recipes for exciting side dishes and robust pies and festive cocktails, instructions for setting the table and setting the mood, as well as cooking techniques and menu ideas that will serve you all year long, whenever you are throwing a big party. Written for novice and experienced cooks alike, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well is your guide to making Thanksgiving the best holiday of the year. It is not fantasy. If you prepare, it will happen. And this book will show you how.

Advance praise for Thanksgiving
“If you don’t have Thanksgiving, you are not really having Thanksgiving. This book is as essential to the day as the turkey itself. It’s an expert, gently opinionated guide to everything from the cranberry sauce to the table setting to the divvying up of the leftovers, but it’s also a paean to the holiday and an evocation of both its past and its promising future. Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving world is the one I want to live in.”—Gabrielle Hamilton, bestselling author of Blood, Bones, & Butter
“The charm of Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving is that he proposes that home cooks treat this culinary Olympics like any other dinner party—don’t panic, deconstruct your tasks into bite-size pieces, and conquer that fear of failure. Sam could talk a fledgling doctor through his first open-heart surgery. It’s all here—from brining to spatchcocking, sides to desserts—and served up with a generous dollop of reassuring advice from one of America’s most notable food writers.”—Christopher Kimball, editor of Cook’s Illustrated and host of America’s Test Kitchen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679605140
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,125,051
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Sam Sifton is the national editor of The New York Times, the newspaper’s former restaurant critic and a food columnist for the Sunday Times Magazine. Before coming to the Times, where he has also worked as the culture editor and the editor of the Dining section, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a teacher in the New York City public schools, a first mate on a century-old schooner, and a prep cook. Sifton lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

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Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the gourmet cooks who thrive on complication might be searching for something "more." I was looking for a resource that was simple, & would help me reign in all of the ideas that were churning around....a compilation of memorable Thanksgivings. Usually I am not the one cooking...just contributing but this year I am hosting so there is more pressure. This book helped me focus. From the simple turkey to the importance of good sides, to the reminder that we need to create some formality and elegance to the whatever minimal way we are helped me soooo much! For some of us this is just a reminder of all the things that we know but have not been implementing. Organization, planning, and a warm, comfortable environment make all of the difference. For others, it is an incredibly helpful primer on how to do everything correctly for a great Thanksgiving. Plus it's a really short book and an easy read. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book yet , but I think it will be so good, I'll read it over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gets all the details of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner organized in an easy-to-execute way. I've been doing thanksgiving for over 40 years, and still found this book helpful. Wish I'd had it all those years ago.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner off and on for 20 years; this book was helpful. Recipes simplistic and the thoughtful way to organize your time and dinner very helpful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's an interesting one-evening read and a fast reference for the actual cooking. I love that Sam Sifton takes a traditional approach to the meal itself and a no nonsense approach to the prep work involve. My only question is when will he come out with one for Christmas? And Easter? And that 4th of July bar b que?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about the book in an NPR interview. The book gives you everything you need to create a great Thanksgiving from beginning all the way to leftovers. Even the "turkey carcass" soup I've been making for years was included. I spent a pleasant evening reading - the background stories made it especially enjoyable. A great reference, especially for the first timer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again a cookbook sample with not even one recipe. This sample didn't even make it out of the introduction. Even for only $1.99 it didn't spark enougj interest. No thanks.