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Library Notes: Books to Elevate Your Thanksgiving

Whether you are cooking a full spread for your family, bringing a side dish to a casual “Friends-giving” or thankfully spending a rare day off alone at home the ICC Library has you covered for Thanksgiving. From start to finish we have books for whichever blank you need to fill in. Of course you wouldn’t dream of using anything but Grandma Myrtle’s Mashed Potatoes, but maybe your pie selection needs an upgrade.  Stop by to check out these and more.

Get the day started by whipping up a few of these amazing drinks from ICC Alum Maria Del Mar Sacasa in Winter Cocktails. Keep your drunk uncle happy and conversation flowing with Hot Mulled Wine (classic, or try a white version featuring pears,) Hot Buttered Rum or several variations on Spiced Cider.

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There are many authoritative guides on start to finish Thanksgiving out there. The advantage being all you need is in one book, you don’t need a pile of various bookmarked cookbooks or hand scribbled recipes all over the place. Of these, my favorite is Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well by Sam Sifton. His work on the New York Times dining section ensured that this self proclaimed, “One man Thanksgiving help-line” has seen it all. This slim volume will not take over your workspace, yet it includes all the essential classics as well as modern twists and fun variations.

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen & Melissa Elsen covers favorites from the eponymous Brooklyn pie and coffee shop divided by season. The Elsen sisters make it a priority to utilize seasonal produce, just like their grandmother did. In the Fall & Winter sections you will find many new options to jazz up your Thanksgiving table or wow your hostess. The Blushing Apple Pie combines beets with apples for a unique take or try the Brown Butter Pumpkin pie which has a subtle butterscotch note. For a non traditional approach, whip up a Buttered Rum Cream Pie or a Grapefruit Custard Pie.

When all is said and done and the dishes are washed the only question left is what to do with all that leftover turkey! This is where Culinary Birds by Chef John Ash comes in handy. This James Beard award winner covers all poultry but contains a sizable section on turkey with many unique recipes such as Turkey Tortilla Soup, Turkey Bolognese or Dan Dan Noodles (with turkey of course! ) When you have eaten your fill of leftover sandwiches, give Culinary Birds a try to shake things up a bit.

There you have it, Thanksgiving start to finish. Stop by the library for these and many more whether you need a wine pairing, a pie crust or turkey brine, we’ve got it all. For updates, follow us on Instagram @IntlCulLibrary