We are officially one week (and a little less than one day) away from Thanksgiving! Do you know what you’re making yet? If you don’t have a menu set—why not take a page out of some of these classic cookbooks! From traditional favorites like Joy of Cooking and the famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to more modern tastes like Vegan with a Vengeance and Danielle Walker’s gluten-free, dairy-free Against All Grain, this Thanksgiving is sure to cater to everyone’s appetite!
If you want someone to lay out exactly what you should cook for Thanksgiving, then this is the book for you! Williams-Sonoma provides three full regional Thanksgiving menus that will satisfy your taste depending on where you are. The traditional New England Thanksgiving menu features oyster-and-mushroom stuffing, while the West Coast menu incorporates Mediterranean flavors like fresh herbs and garlic. It also offers a Southern buffet menu, which includes honey-port glazed ham. A very classic cookbook—it even tells you how to have a post-Thanksgiving lunch buffet!
The Post Punk Kitchen (PPK), a very popular vegan recipe blog, created a book with 150 of your favorite vegan recipes. While not everyone’s taste, there are many delicious meat-free, dairy-free recipes that can be used for Thanksgiving! Perfect for the entire holiday season, this clever cookbook uses natural ingredients along with some you’ve probably never heard of. If you’re looking to start a more natural diet or will be cooking for guests that are limited by their’s, you will surely find something for everyone.
Clive Berkman believes empty bottles are the key to entertaining: “To me, full bottles are full of potential, but they are incomplete. They have a future, but they don’t tell a story yet. An empty bottle, though, tells a story about a fabulous dinner, a joyful celebration, or a night that marked a turning point in someone’s life.” We all know that one of the many aspects of the holidays is drinking. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or trying to make your relatives seem less obnoxious, good food and drink is key. Berkman’s cookbook shows you how to make those moments happen with a collection of wonderful recipes your family will enjoy.
Author Danielle Walker suffers from an autoimmune disease, which encouraged her to make dietary changes that included cutting out dairy, grains, and legumes. Now an avid food blogger and author, Walker created a cookbook to satisfy all special diets this Thanksgiving. In addition to her book, she now has an eBook called Against All Grain: Thankful that provides many yummy Thanksgiving recipes including: Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, Apple Sausage Stuffing, and No Ingredient Left Behind Soup. This is a great find for those living a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, or Paleo lifestyle.
Beloved Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten released her new cookbook this year, and people can’t get enough. Perfect for Thanksgiving hosting, Garten lets you know what can be made ahead so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the holiday. Included in her book are recipes, along with tips, to make the prep and cook time easier. Everything from appetizers to cocktails are mentioned—giving you many options for Thanksgiving dinner. This book will be helpful throughout the holiday season—which is an excuse in itself to celebrate!
Joy of Cooking is the ultimate cookbook and acts as a staple for all holidays—and life in general. First published in 1931, the Joy of Cooking book is now also an interactive website and app. You can find recipes everywhere—perfect for all occasions. While not a “Thanksgiving specific” cookbook, we included it on this list due to its versatility. Everyone should have a copy to cover the basics!
Have you read Julie & Julia? The book-now-movie tells the story of how one girl (Julie) mastered the art of French cooking in one year. We think you should try it too. While not a “Thanksgiving” book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking has many recipes that can be used for sides, dessert, and more—you’ve just got to figure out that turkey (which you can find in her book The Way to Cook). Don’t forget to watch Child’s brilliant cooking videos—especially if you’re looking for a laugh!