Giving Thanks

On behalf of the staff here at Scribd, we want to extend all of you warm wishes to a most wonderful Thanksgiving. It is for this special occasion that we've curated some of the best documents, publications and recipes about the annual holiday feast... Enjoy!

Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday of millions of Americans. And with so many diverse regions across the United States, it's no surprise to find that the Thanksgiving menu changes significantly from New England to the Pacific Northwest. This is the quintessential cookbook for our national day of thanks, capturing this diversity with creative recipes for the perfect dinner and providing the key to a stress-free occasion with author Diane Morgan's indispensable do-ahead tips. Including appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, stuffings, casseroles, biscuits, side dishes, desserts, and even leftovers, it contains everything the busy cook needs to celebrate this most festive and food-centered of holidays!

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"Before I knew it, Thanksgiving had turned into a monster...Thanksgiving was supposed to be easy for Dad and Tyler and me—spending the day in our pajamas and eating pizza—but I wondered what it would be like to try something else this year. Maybe I’d fix Thanksgiving—and my messy family, too. I couldn’t help it. I started making lists..."

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Straight from the Eisenhower Presidential Library, this deep dish apple pie recipe is a bite of history courtesy of the National Archives, perfect for Thanksgiving.

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At the heart of This Organic Life is the premise that locally grown food eaten in season makes sense economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. Transporting produce to New York from California--not to mention Central and South America, Australia, or Europe--consumes more energy in transit than it yields in calories. (It costs 435 fossil fuel calories to fly a 5-calorie strawberry from California to New York.) Add in the deleterious effects of agribusiness, such as the endless cycle of pesticide, herbicide, and chemical fertilizers; the loss of topsoil from erosion of over-tilled croplands; depleted aquifers and soil salinization from over-irrigation; and the arguments in favor of "this organic life" become overwhelmingly convincing.

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In Full Moon Feast, accomplished chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods and traditional cooking methods. The book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, from the midwinter Hunger Moon and the springtime sweetness of the Sap Moon to the bounty of the Moon When Salmon Return to Earth in autumn. Each chapter includes recipes that display the richly satisfying flavors of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons.

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For my second Thanksgiving in Minnesota, I volunteered at the Salvation Army in Minneapolis. I had been a social worker for about eight years, but I was still surprised at what I witnessed. I was so moved that I wrote down my experiences later that day. Now, all these years later, I am sharing them on What is my connection to these men? Where are the bridges? Where are the differences? What is the accident that caused me not to be here for a meal? I had a turkey in the oven at home and a family of four waiting for me. A lot of the men I saw are alcoholics.

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