This post will suggest 8 Thanksgiving cookbooks for your seasonal kitchen. Not the traditional suggestions, these cookbooks support a friendly feast for everyone from vegan to omnivore.
8 Thanksgiving Cookbooks for the Seasonal Kitchen 2018
Thanksgiving cookbooks designed for the quintessential American Holiday in the raucous times of 2018 put friends and vegetables first. Meat and family have their place, but only when they complement the good and the healthy. No stress on your body from unwelcome political conversations or industrial meat products this year!
I’ve chosen 8 Thanksgiving cookbooks that will help you plan a seasonal celebration fit for modern times. Whether you are planning a Friendsgiving, a traditional Thanksgiving or something in between these 8 Thanksgiving cookbooks will give you the menu, shopping lists, and recipes to create a joyful celebration of all your blessings.
8 Thanksgiving Cookbooks
Read on for my 8 Thanksgiving cookbooks for 2018.
This year, Bob and I are skipping the Thanksgiving frenzy. We are packing a meal into backpacks and hiking the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Our kids are grown and developing their own traditions with their partners and friends. We’re less and less inclined to buy into the shoulds of life, including national holidays. We’re simplifying in lots of ways.
All these changes in family configuration and personal inclination have combined to open us up to a new way of being at the end of November.
That being said, we’ll be hosting plenty of get-togethers in November and December. These celebratory meals will feature vegetables. The people around our table all lovers, no haters! It is decidedly time to make sure that all those awkward moments resulting from pulling people together who only have bloodlines in common may be a thing of the past, or at least our past. Healthy is the word. Healthy relationships and healthy meals.
Nourishing foods prepared with flavor in mind.
Comforting relationships cultivated with love in mind.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, regardless of how you decide to celebrate it in 2018!
1. Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family and Your Friends by Alexandra Shytsman
Get this book to have all you need to plan the perfect party to celebrate the loving relationships in your life. Friendsgiving offers recipes for meals that please all the guests: vegan, gluten-free, and of course traditional turkey. It also offers menus around various flavor profiles: Cuban, Southern, etc. There are wine pairing suggestion and even music playlists!
Complete with suggested timelines for food preparation and shopping lists, I think this book is a must-have for any fall or winter party planning.
2. Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table by Anna Thomas
Another cookbook that I think is a must-have for Thanksgiving and any fall or winter party planning is Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore. Thomas has written a cookbook that begins with the question, ‘who is at the table?’ These days we all have food preferences, food restrictions, and dietary constraints. For a while, even I had let this fact limit the way I threw parties. Now, I have the perfect resource to pull together meals for family and friends that can accommodate all the needs!
Whether our changing food habits come from personal preference or doctor’s orders, they have created a real challenge for the host. Planning gatherings when traditions are so entrenched, like Thanksgiving, is even more of a challenge. This book, so much more than a cookbook, helps you prepare a feast that puts vegetables first, then builds around that main element with various sides that meet the particular needs of each guest.
This is such a simple solution to what’s become a perennial problem, I am ashamed I haven’t thought of it myself! The recipes will help with simple celebrations and small gatherings, as well as the big tradition-soaked gatherings.
3. Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions by Fernando Divina and Marlene Divina
This Thanksgiving let’s turn away from worn out stories of Pilgrims and Indians and awaken a curiosity of what meals were like in the Americas prior to the European’s arrival. So much more than fry bread, this cookbook has all you need to create truly seasonal meals this November. Fernando and Marlene Divina have made a career from helping restaurants devise menus that reflect authentic Native American cuisine. Not least of all, The National Museum of the American Indian. It is the collaboration that is the source of this James Beard award-winning cookbook.
While the recipes alone would be reason enough to invest in this resource, it is accompanied by illustrated essays by 9 Native American writers who offer insights into the flavor profiles and techniques used in its recipes. This is a must-have cookbook for any seasonal eater.
4. Soul Food Thanksgiving: A Cookbook with a Full Menu of Southern Thanksgiving Classics for the Holiday by Kendra Valentine
This eBook was written by Savour blog award finalist, Kendra Valentine. She has produced a little gem that not only has tested recipes but explores techniques and history related to Soul Food cuisine. The cookbook comes with menu suggestions and shopping lists. At $2.99, why not download it to your Kindle today?
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5. Easy Sausage Making: Easy Techniques and Recipes to Master Making Sausage at Home by Will Budiaman
A confession, I don’t like turkey. Maybe the skin, if it is cooked to crunchy perfection. Maybe a leg, if I am visiting a Renaissance Festival. Generally speaking, I find it tasteless and not very inspiring. So, this Thanksgiving, why not try making sausage at home. Then, using the recommendations in Friendsgiving and Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore, use it as a side dish to complements your vegetable main dish.
I’ve made sausage with my son, Chef, and Owner of Jack & Zach’s in Baltimore. Sausage making a bit of hard work, but very satisfying! Make enough to eat some fresh and freeze a coil of it for future meals! In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know to select the right meats, casings, and flavorings to create tasty sausages.
6. The Sweet Potato Lover’s Cookbook: more than 100 ways to enjoy one of the world’s healthiest foods by Lyniece North Talmadge
So, if the sausage making cookbook was a nod to my son, then this sweet potato lover’s cookbook is a nod to my husband, Bob. He is crazy for this tuber. Bob makes bread, veggie patties, and custards. He concocts soups, mashes, and fries. He’s a nut for sweet potatoes, and what vegetable is more quintessential Thanksgiving that the sweet potato? No marshmallows required!
7. Vegetarian Party Food: Delectable Vegetable Forward Bites for Entertaining by Jessica Oldfield and Beatriz Da Costa
As the title promises, this is a cookbook that features recipes for condiments, dips, and finger-foods. They are the perfect beginning to any gathering. Does turmeric-lime hummus and peach salsa sound like your new favorite dips for chips? How about giving a go to cauliflower donuts or mini veggie gyros? I’m in for all of it!
This cookbook is another creative answer to a stressful party planning question: what am I going to serve to my guests that will make everyone happy? Start your Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or holiday gathering off right with this perfect little collection of vegetarian party foods.
8. Pie Squared: Irresistibly Sweet and Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow
Truth be told, I’m one of those no-wheat, no-sugar people. That being said, I know Thanksgiving is all about the pies! Even I will indulge this November. Cathy Barrow is one of my favorite food writers. I absolutely adore Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, a seasonal kitchen must have in my opinion!
Pie Squared is her second cookbook. I’ve followed her on Facebook and Instagram while she devised the recipes, tested them, wrote the book and staged the photo shoots. Very informative and instructive! You can catch Cathy’s her regularly in the Washington Post food section.
All that fan girl gushing aside, this cookbook is great for those seeking a creative approach to the holiday standard. Slab pies travel well, too! These tested recipes for pies baked on sheet pans are as much about the crust as the filling. There’s a recipe for cheddar cheese crust that I think justifies buying one more cookbook this November!
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