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Prepare for the holidays with The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food by Diane Morgan, including recipes like Spatchcocked Turkey Roasted with Lemon, Sage, and Garlic; Pan-Asian Rice Dressing; and Turkey Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce.

Cookbook Profile

The New Thanksgiving Table
An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food

by Diane Morgan


Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, best known as the day to enjoy slices of juicy roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, mounds of stuffing, and lots of gravy as we give thanks for the health and well-being of our families and friends.

With so many diverse regions across this great country, it's no surprise to find that the holiday menu changes significantly as you travel from New England to the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. Bostonians are likely to flavor their dishes with maple syrup. Those from Seattle might top their deviled eggs with smoked salmon. Head to the Southwest and you'll find jalapenos tucked into slices of cornbread.

The New Thanksgiving Table gives you creative recipes for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner—wherever you live. This heartwarming cookbook covers the entire meal, including appetizers; soups and salads; main courses; stuffings, casseroles, and biscuits; side dishes; desserts; and even leftovers.

The keys to ensuring a stress-free occasion are in author and cooking instructor Diane Morgan's indispensable menus and tips that encourage you to organize your time and prepare many of the recipes in advance. From Hickory Grill-Roasted Turkey to Bourbon Pecan Pie with Buttermilk Whipped Cream, there are a host of recipes that will become new family favorites. You'll also find innovative new twists on old classics, such as Iron-Skillet Succotash; Sweet Potato Puree with Pecan Streusel; and the irresistibly delicious Cranberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Cinnamon Crust.

Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving or your thirtieth, preparing dinner for four or for twenty, The New Thanksgiving Table has everything you need, including more than 70 recipes—and plenty of dishes for vegetarians, to celebrate this most festive of holidays.

About the Author

Diane Morgan is an award-winning cookbook author whose books include The Christmas Table, Grill Every Day, Salmon, Pizza, Delicious Dips, Midnight Munchies, and The Thanksgiving Table. She is also the coauthor of Dressed to Grill. Diane celebrates most of her holidays at home in Portland, OR. Diane has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times food section and has written for Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, The Oregonian, and Northwest Palate. She has appeared on The Today Show, ABC World News Now, CBS Early Show, The Food Network, Smart Solutions on HGTV, Seasonings on PBS, and Good Day Oregon.

Leigh Beisch has photographed for many Chronicle cookbooks, including Holiday Baking; Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey; Ice Cream Treats; and Gentlemen, Start Your Ovens.


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