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Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert Paperback – Bargain Price, October 2, 2007
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Before getting to what he calls the "Main Event," Rodgers has advice about how to plan ahead and coordinate the labor to make the day itself more enjoyable. He opens with sections on appetizers and beverages (Glittering Spiced Walnuts, Spicy Cheddar and Pecan Balls, Bloody Marys and Ramos Fizzes) and soups and salads.
The "Main Event" is everything, absolutely everything, you would want to know about buying, thawing, prepping, and roasting a turkey. You needn't look any further. There's a long question-and-answer-style section that anticipates any questions you might have. Then it's right on to everything from Perfect Roast Turkey with Best-Ever Gravy to Holiday Meatball Lasagna.
Follow all that with sections on stuffings and dressings, side dishes, yeast and quick breads, desserts (there's more to do with that pumpkin than make pie--how about Pumpkin-Walnut Roulade with Ginger Filling?), and leftovers (Turkey Tetrazzini), and you can see how Rick Rodgers's Thanksgiving 101is the cookbook equivalent of one-stop shopping for your holiday meal. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes deal with formal service, buffets, and even a possible solution for cooks who have to deal with televised football that is in competition with the meal. Whatever your meal plans, there are ideas & solutions here.
There are many traditional dishes documented clearly for those of us who were not paying attention at Grandma's or Mom's elbow, along with some more modern variations on the Thanksgiving theme. Above all, Rodgers knows and understands the limitations of the average American kitchen, and just how much space that we have available in our freezers, refrigerators, and ovens. The recipes acknowledge this nicely, and he often presents a top-of-the-stove alternative to some dishes, rather than forcing us to jam yet another casserole into an already overcrowded oven.
On the subject of buffets (which more of us seem to be embracing nowadays), he gives some practical suggestions so that the host/ess does not end up with half a dozen veggie casseroles, but no salads. Many of the recipes have steps that can be prepared earlier in the week, and then put into play on the Big Day.
Most of all, there is a nice tone to the book. The author acknowledges many of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes that we have all known or experienced (Jell-O molds, Campbell's Green Bean Bake, canned cranberry sauce), while gently presenting alternatives for those who would like something just a little bit different this year.
It's only mid-October, but I now have my family's Thanksgiving dinner planned right down to the desserts!
His homemade version of jellied cranberry sauce is delicious and there are definately other "keepers" that you don't have to wait for the holidays for.
I got this book at the library and I am purchasing it through Amazon for this year's holiday - for the turkey information alone, it is well worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book for someone cooking their first Thanksgiving especially their first Thanksgiving.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The recipes are a bit too fancy for me. I did use one or two of them. I liked his tips on keeping organized.Published 5 months ago by G & T Dolecki
I got this book because I was making my first thanksgiving dinner for 9 guests. I have made a few thanksgiving dinners before but never for this many people so I wanted to make... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Inga
Sometimes I'm doing thanksgiving as a family meal, other times a formal dinner party, and sometimes a large crowd buffet. This book covers them all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clarissa's heir
How can anyone dislike a book that conjures up the smells and tastes of Thanksgiving? Given that advantage, this is still a pretty good purchase. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles C. Larson