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The New Thanksgiving Table

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New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food by Diane Morgan is a stunningly beautiful book, full of gorgeously photographed images of the book’s recipes.

That said, the first question I asked myself as I opened it to review, was “Do we really need a book of just holiday recipes”? Well if it’s this book, the answer is a definite “Yes”!

This is a wonderful cookbook, full of great ideas to help you create memorable and delicious Thanksgiving (or any day) meals.

There are several variations on the traditional turkey including recipes that cook up faster or serve a smaller group.

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Diane gives us lots of information on how to properly brine a turkey plus tasty brine recipes.

Her side dishes and “go withs” are fabulous, from Honey and Chipotle Glazed Sweet Potato Spears with Lime to Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Ham and Toasted Pecans.

You just can’t leave out dessert, especially during the holidays, and Diane doesn’t disappoint.

Try Cranberry-Cherry Crisp, Bourbon Pecan Pie with Buttermilk Whipped Cream or Indiana Persimmon Pudding, among several offerings, all making a change from the ordinary.

She even does leftovers! Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce is just one of the innovative ways to use up tasty leftover turkey.

Here are just a few of the other appetizing recipes from this lovely cookbook:

  • Roasted Chestnut Soup with Pumpernickel Croutons
  • Warm Maryland Crab Dip with Lemon Panko Topping
  • Cape Cod Cranberry Compote
  • Turkey and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
  • Hickory Grill-Roasted Turkey

We have been given permission to share three delicious recipes from this cookbook. Here is where you will find them:

Spatchcocked Roast Turkey with Lemon, Sage, and Garlic and Giblet Gravy

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Ham and Toasted Pecans

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Pockets

Here is a review of New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food found on

Nancy M writes:

I was VERY impressed with this book. Beautiful photographs, clear instructions, unusual recipes. If anyone is uneasy about entertaining this book will make you confident. From appetizers to luscious desserts. Cape Cod cranberry compote; and Indiana persimmon pudding are examples. She even included Thanksgiving leftover recipes — and they’re not the usual “blah” recipes, they look delicious! I love Succotash and the New England Iron-Skillet Succotash is so original and delicious. These recipes can be used all year long. Ms. Morgan did a great job with this book — it’s beautiful and useful. A must for a kitchen. A lovely book.
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