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Nov 25

Thanksgiving @ Your Library

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM by Craig Jacobson

Thansgiving.jpgThanksgiving falls at the end of November in that purgatory between Halloween and Christmas, and is a holiday devoted to feasting. So it’s appropriate to recommend a few cookbooks to make sure you throw the perfect holiday meal. If you’re charged with cooking the turkey (and yams, pumpkin pie, etc), below is a list of library cookbooks written specifically for the fourth Thursday of November.


Giving Thanks : Thanksgiving Recipes and History, From Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie by Curtin, Kathleen 641.568 C94g

Thanksgiving : How to Cook It Well by Sifton, Sam 641.568 Si21t

Thanksgiving 101 : Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday With America's Thanksgiving Expert by Rodgers, Rick 641.568 R616t

The Thanksgiving Book : an Illustrated Treasury of Lore, Tales, Poems, Prayers, and the Best in Holiday Feasting 394.2649 T329b

The Thanksgiving Cookbook by Garrison, Holly. 641.568 G193t

Of course, there’s typically a run on Thanksgiving books this time of year. But the Dewey Decimal System is here to save you! The cookbooks under the call number 641.568 are devoted to holiday cooking, and most books in that area will have a few turkey recipes in them.

Holiday Celebrations by Simmons, Marie. 641.568 Si47h

America's Favorite Brand Name Holiday Recipes. 641.568 Am35f

Holiday Entertaining. 641.568 W676e

For any grill-masters who are hosting Turkey Day this year, just one shelf below the holiday cookbooks are books about grilling. Most of those include a variety of ways to cook turkey outdoors. These can mostly be found under the call number 641.5784.

Serious Barbecue by Perry Lang, Adam. 641. 5784 P429s

The New Grilling Book, from Better Homes and Gardens. 641.5784 N42g

The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. 641.5784 J245b

Further down that same aisle you’ll find books on cooking turkey and poultry, all with call numbers starting with 641.6.

The Year-Round Turkey Cookbook by Gibbons, Barbara. 641.6 G352y

The Cook's Illustrated Complete Book of Poultry. 641.665 C776i

Poultry. 641.665 P864p

Here are some books that have helpful tips on cooking for people with unique tastes or dietary needs.

Betty Goes Vegan : 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Shannon, Annie. 641.5636 Sh19b

The Art of Cooking for the Diabetic by Abbott Hess, Mary. 641.56314 h463a

You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free! : 500 Delicious, Foolproof Recipes for Healthy Living by Ryberg, Roben. 641.56318 R96y

The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose by Kafka, Barbara. 641.56318 K119i

Children love to help make things, so be sure to check out our children’s section at J745.59416 for Thanksgiving related cooking and/or craft books for the whole family.

Thanksgiving Fun by Corwin, Judith Hoffman. J 745.59416 C819t

Thanksgiving Crafts by Eick, Jean. J 745.59416 Ei25t

Crafts for Thanksgiving by Ross, Kathy. J 745.59416 R733c

The Little Witch's Thanksgiving Book by Glovach, Linda. J 745.59416 G518L

Thanksgiving Crafts and Cookbook, by Hathaway, Nancy. J 745.59416 H284t

Thanksgiving Trivia

Which of our Founding Fathers wanted the turkey to be America’s national symbol? When does Canada celebrate Thanksgiving? Which U.S. President declared the last Thursday of November as the national holiday of Thanksgiving? Why did Macy’s decide to have that parade every year? During the meal, you can dazzle your friends with Thanksgiving facts by checking out these books, all of them in the children’s department.  Many of them are under the call number J 394.2649, and we also have quite a few in the Juvenile Holiday section.

Thanksgiving : Why We Celebrate It the Way We Do by Hintz, Martin. J 394.2649 H597t

The Thanksgiving Book by Penner, Lucille Recht.  J 394.2649 P382t

If You Were At-- the First Thanksgiving by Kamma, Anne. J 974.4 K129i

The Plymouth Thanksgiving, by Weisgard, Leonard. J 974.4 W435p

Thank You, Sarah :  the Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Anderson, Laurie Halse. J HOL Anderson, Laurie

Balloons Over Broadway : the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, by Sweet, Melissa. J 791.53 Sw36b

What is Thanksgiving Day? by Parker, Margot.  J 394.2649 P227w


Looking for something to watch while recovering from the big feast, besides parades and football? Check out these classic Thanksgiving-themed films. All of these are in the adult DVD collection filed under their titles, unless otherwise noted.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (J Charlie)

Fans of a Charlie Brown Christmas are sure to enjoy this Emmy-winning cartoon about America’s favorite blockhead trying to throw together the perfect meal for Peppermint Patty and friends.


A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Holiday Inn

Irving Berlin’s classic about a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays (and yes, this is where the hotel chain got its name).

Jack and Jill

Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister.

The Last Waltz (call number: 781.66 L339w)

A documentary about the farewell concert of The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, which took place on Thanksgiving Day 1976.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

A hilarious story about the epic odyssey of two strangers (Steve Martin and John Candy) trying to make it home for Thanksgiving.

Scent of a Woman

A teenage boy (Chris O’Donnell) is hired to take care of a blind Vietnam-vet (Al Pacino) over Thanksgiving weekend, but the trip is not all the young man thought it would be.

Smart People

Into the life of a widowed professor (Dennis Quad) comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother.


Maybe, after the leftovers have been put away and the dishes are done, you’d like to curl up with a good book. If so, there are a surprisingly large number of mysteries that are set on or around Thanksgiving. All of these can be found in our adult fiction collection under the author’s last name.

A Fatal Feast  (a Murder She Wrote novel) by Bain, Donald

Miss Dimple Disappears  by Ballard, Mignon Franklin

A Catered Thanksgiving : a Mystery with Recipes by Crawford, Isis

Thanksgiving by Dibdin, Michael

Death Rides Again by Hamrick, Janice

Speak of the Devil by Hawke, Richard

Thankless in Death by Robb, J. D

Strangers at the Feast by Vanderbes, Jennifer