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Williams-Sonoma Collection: Thanksgiving Hardcover – November 1, 2001

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Williams-Sonoma, purveyor of choice gourmet products and kitchenware, has also created a collection of succinct yet comprehensive cookbooks. Part of the series, Thanksgiving offers 40 recipes that reflect the company's signature good taste. From traditional and "new" holiday starters like Butternut Squash Soup and Mixed Greens with Bacon-Wrapped Figs to desserts including Creamy Pumpkin Pie and Ginger-Pear Torte, the book offers delicious options for a hearty, homemade feast. Main-course birds, dressings, breads, and other accompaniments are represented with the likes of classic roast turkey and Hickory-Smoked Roast Turkey with Horseradish-Apple Sauce; Cornbread Dressing with Oysters and Ham; and Cranberry Sauce with Cider and Vinegar, while a chapter entirely devoted to potatoes provides exemplary "mashed" formulas as well as Candied Yams and a knockout Two-Potato Gratin with Cheese.

Accompanied by color photos that show the dishes in all their glory, the recipes are completely doable, and will appeal to a wide range of cooks. Throughout, sidebars (like "Biscuit Savvy") offer useful information on techniques and ingredients; a glossary and basics section are also helpful. Though small in size, the book provides an inclusive store of superior recipes and instruction. --Arthur Boehm

About the Author

Michael McLaughlin was the author or coauthor of more than 25 books during his long career, including The Southwestern Grill, Great Books for Cooks, the widely acclaimed Silver Palate Cookbook, and Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Grilling. He was also a regular contributor to such publications as Bon Appétit and Food & Wine and worked as a book-buying consultant, recipe developer, and product spokesman for a variety of clients. McLaughlin died in 2002.
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Product Details

  • Series: Williams Sonoma Collection
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743225023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743225021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
From Williams-Sonoma, "Thanksgiving" has 40 essential recipes that you can count on to be delicious. Thanksgiving is all about the experiance of enjoying home cooking. Learn to make a no fail classic roast turkey, or Hickory-Smoked Roast Turkey with Horseradish-Apple Sauce if you want to get fancy. All the side dishes are here and maybe some new ones too including wild rice and chestnut stuffing, butternut squash Soup, dressings, breads, cranberry sauce and more. A whole chapter is dedicated to the important staple "potatoes" and they varied ways you can prepare the humble spuds. Sweet Candied Yams are here too. Desserts are not forgotten such as Creamy Pumpkin Pie

One of the nice things about this company is that they include large color photos of their completed dishes, and these help with presentation as well. The recipes are accessible and easy to follow for any level cook. You will rely on this book every year, a worthwhile investment. And it looks prettier on the shelf than most cookbooks I have seen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.G on November 18, 2010
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This book is a charm! One year some years ago I was doing the Thanksgiving at our house - and 8.5 months pregnant! This book gave me a ton of great ideas along with the traditional stuff that I could make for our family. Everything in the book I made everyone just loved! Definitely worth having in your pantry cookbook stash! The Candied Yams recipe is the best one I've ever seen.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A NC Tarheel on February 26, 2009
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I was surprised at the recipes in this volume. They are simple, yet elegant. The pecan pie recipe is the best we've ever had! And as Southerners, we've sampled quite a few! The photos are great. We liked this volume so much we're collecting the set.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. Kirkpatrick on October 20, 2012
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This is a beautiful book. One should write out the recipes and never take the book near a kitchen. It did not meet my needs. I bought it as a hostess gift for the cousin who hosts me, and as many as 12 others who are alone for Thanksgiving dinner. The recipes sound delicious but they are not for a large number of people who expect lots of basic good (like Grandma's feast)food. I would recommend this book to someone who wanted to really wow an intimate group of fellow gourmets. And to those who love to read cookbooks, like myself. On a practical note, for the size and price, it didn't have many recipes. There are ingredients not found in a small mountain town. This book would be a nice addition to a cookbook collection, make a nice hostess gift for a book lover, but is not suited as a go-to cookbook. It's a one-menu book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee on February 1, 2010
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This is a great cookbook. Every year my sister-in-law would borrow it for her Thanksgiving dinner. Finally, we bought her her own!
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I purchased the book as a present - my daughter. The book is beautiful and arrived in gift perfect condition. It was the cook book
she "always wanted." I am looking forward to tasting the dishes she will prepare from this book this coming Thanksgiving. (2013)
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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce. Homemade, from scratch; from real, fresh cranberries. A wonderful book, cover to cover, with a lot of useful tips, and nice recipes.

The Cranberry Sauce is delicious, simple, impressive, and very addictive; be warned!
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By BarbW on January 9, 2013
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I really do love this book--my dog chewed the one I had, so had to purchase a replacement. Lots of great recipes and ideas Really use it all year--
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