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Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America’s Favorite Holiday with America’s Thanksgiving Expert

Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert

Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans open their homes to friends and families. But when was the last time most of us made dinner for such a big crowd? With Thanksgiving 101 by your side, preparing for the holiday will be a pleasure. With step-by-step instructions for classic Thanksgiving dishes, as well as new twists on old favorites, this book will become gravy-stained in its first outing. Whether you’re looking for new ways to cook turkey; traditional trimmings, chutneys, or chowders;

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  1. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-have for 1st time or 99th time Thanksgiving cooks!, October 18, 1998
    By 
    Frank Dunnigan (Western USA) –
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    This review is from: Thanksgiving 101 (Paperback)

    Rick Rodgers has many previous cookbooks to his credit, but this is his best. Whether you are a veteran at Thanksgiving dinner prepapration, a first-timer, or somewhere in between, this volume will give you ideas, strategies, and a couple of wonderful stories about how the author has handled the meal over the years.

    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!

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  2. 34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rick Saves Thanksgiving, January 1, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Thanksgiving 101 (Paperback)

    I am a non-cooking, hotel hopping film actress. I’ve been on the road for several years, spending most thanksgivings eating room service turkey or having some European Film Crew Chef attempt to prepare the quintessential American Feast. Do they even eat Turkey in France? This year I found myself at home and, under pressure from my very large Italian family, I made my first T-giving turkey dinner.I happened upon Rick’s book and studied it feverishly. I stashed it in my kitchen in a strtegic location; lest I be accused of cheating. My meal went off like a charm. So well, that my Catholic guilt got the best of me and I confessed. Each of my five sisters summarily went and bought the book. I can’t wait until next year.Thank you Rick, With appreciation, Linda Fiorentino.

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  3. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Thanksgiving Miracle, August 6, 2000
    By 
    Jenny Crusie Smith (Ohio) –
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    This review is from: Thanksgiving 101 (Paperback)

    I can’t cook at all and this book taught me to make incredibly good gravy. Everything else was wonderful, too, but the gravy was the part I figured was the impossible dream. If I can cook from this book and succeed, ANYBODY can cook from this book and succeed.

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