Alright, everybody. Thanksgiving is exactly one week from today. ONE WEEK. Just think: a week from now, you’ll be munching on some turkey, watching a football game, or enjoying a real holiday from work. That is, if the stress doesn’t get to you first.
Because let’s be real—a week is a long time, and planning for Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful, what with the travel, and the family visiting from out of town, and, and the cooking.
We may not be able to do anything about your in-laws, or the freak blizzard that’s bound to make you miss your connection, but cooking—that’s something we can handle. Whenever you’re ready to start planning your Turkey Day meal, today, tomorrow, or next Wednesday, we’ve got you covered with this collection of e-books on Holiday Entertaining.
Let’s start with the basics: if you’re in the mood for some good-old-fashioned American cooking, Hometown Recipes for the Holidays is the right place to look. Filled with dishes from every region and every season, this cookbook is so good it will last you through Christmas.
For many people, meat is the superstar of the Season of Eating. That’s what makes Smokin’: Recipes for Smoking Ribs, Salmon, Chicken, Mozzarella and More with your Stovetop Cooker such an obvious addition to our list. With over 95 recipes, tips, tricks, and ingredient suggestions, this book will fulfill all your smoky needs—even if you’re a vegetarian.
For the no-fuss kind of host, Real Life Entertaining: Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom is the ultimate go-to party guide. Jennifer Rubell’s expert tips and low-stress recipes are just what you need if you’re actually trying to enjoy yourself this year.
What are you looking forward to more: the sweet potato casserole at dinner on Thursday, or the hours of football you’re going to watch before and after you eat? If you picked the second option, then The Tailgater’s Cookbook by David Joachim is probably right up your alley.
There is one essential food group (aside from turkey) without which Thanksgiving weekend would be incomplete: pie. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie—bet your mouth is already watering. Whether you’re a pie-making expert, or a newcomer to the craft, United States of Pie: Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South is worth peeking at.
Don’t see that dish you’re craving here? We’ve got tons more books on Holiday Entertaining on Scribd.com. And don’t worry—we’ll keep them up till next year, just in case you decide you’re dying to bake some Christmas Cookies.