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Thanksgiving Entertaining Book

Thanksgiving Entertaining Book
Thanksgiving is the quintessential harvest celebration, offering a taste of American cooking at its best. A complete guide to preparing and serving memorable holiday meals, Williams-Sonoma's Thanksgiving Entertaining is equal parts cookbook and how-to manual.

You'll find three complete Thanksgiving menus that showcase a cornucopia of American regional flavors. Feel free to prepare these menus in their entirety, mix and match selections from the various menus, or choose a few dishes to complement your own family favorites.

The traditional New England feast features roasted turkey with savory pan gravy and all the trimmings—from old-fashioned oyster-and-mushroom stuffing to buttery mashed potatoes with garlic and chives. End the celebration with a rich pumpkin cheesecake topped with crunchy caramelized pecans.

Typical of West Coast cooking, the California menu enhances classic recipes with lively Mediterranean touches. The centerpiece of the meal is a butterflied turkey glazed with fresh herbs and garlic, served with Chardonnay gravy. Accompaniments range from an arugula, orange and fennel salad to a pear tart tatin with brandied cream.

An elegant buffet reflects the gracious hospitality of the American South. Invite guests to begin the feast with refreshing mint ginger ale (a dash of bourbon is optional) and spicy Cajun shrimp. On the buffet table, a baked ham with honey-port glaze is accompanied by airy soufflé spoon bread, piquant collard greens and tender glazed carrots. An apple-ginger tart with cider bourbon sauce is the perfect dessert.

Because holiday entertaining often extends beyond the feast itself, the book includes two additional menus: a post-Thanksgiving lunch and a leisurely weekend breakfast. To help you make the most of all those wonderful leftovers, the lunch menu revolves around hearty sandwiches: Turkey, white cheddar cheese and cranberry sauce are tucked inside Italian ciabatta bread. Wind up the holiday festivities with a delicious breakfast that includes Gruyère and prosciutto oven omelettes, baked French toast and homemade pumpkin bread.

Recipes are accompanied by beautiful color photographs and step-by-step instructions. To streamline your time in the kitchen, each menu includes a suggested work plan. Reference sections offer expert advice on seasonal decorating, table setting, selecting the wines and much more. Whether you've cooked many Thanksgiving dinners or are preparing your first one, this book makes it easy to welcome guests with confidence and style.