updated 11/15/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/15/2013 AT 4:30 PM ET
The staples are terrific, but it’s always fun to add new treats to your turkey day lineup.
Tell us what you think of the books our staffers are consulting for inspiration – and let us know what you’re reading.
Her Pick: Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman
I’m cruising through my many cookbooks to get new ideas (my daughters have already insisted I make Silver Palate’s pecan pie, which I do every year). I know the homey, unfancy Smitten Kitchen’s kale salad will appear – black kale with cranberries, pecans, radishes and goat cheese, fantastic and a nice counter-balance to all that turkey and stuffing. Author Deb Perelman’s breads and sweets all look pretty great, too.
Kim Hubbard, Books Editor
Her Pick: Keepers by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
Don’t think I can face another year of boring old green beans, so I’ve been flipping through Brennan and Campion’s great new not-too-fussy Keepers for out-of-the-box options. Tomato and Zucchini Gratin looks yummy, or – ooh! – Roasted Acorn Squash with Jalapeño-Lime Butter … I might just have to try both.
Alison Adato, Senior Editor
Her Pick: Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
Just a year after its publication, Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving already feels like a go-to classic. It’s perfect for basics like turkey stock, and for thinking about the whole of planning and cooking, including clean-up and leftovers. Also, he and I subscribe to the same “there will be butter” philosophy.
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