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The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food by Diane Morgan
The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food

Michael Steffens, November 26, 2010

Far more than just another book of Thanksgiving cooking ideas, this is a year-round resource for great food. In a casual look-through, I found FIFTEEN recipes I wanted to try ... and those were just the ones I thought the family would eat with me. Each recipe features a list of ingredients, number of servings, a description of preparation, and suggestions on what can be made ahead. I found the make-aheads particularly useful, because appliance use on holidays is at a premium!

I made two of the items from the book, and both were tremendous hits. The practiced cook can also find many ways to modify recipes to kick up the heat or tone things down for those who prefer a little less spice or who have food allergies. Nutritional information would have been useful, although it's not too hard to figure out these creations are generally not for the weight-conscious.

I'm looking forward to even more of the recipes in here. They definitely aren't Thanksgiving only, and are adaptable to any family occasion or even casual dinner at home.
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In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
In a Sunburned Country

Michael Steffens, January 1, 2010

This is probably my favorite book ever, and makes me want to visit Australia every time I read it, until Bill describes all the things in Australia that will kill you and I remember that I am terrified of snakes. Australia has a LOT of snakes. The rest of it, though, is funny and lovely and inspiring, and I read it at least every two months. He is sometimes called a travel writer and sometimes a humorist, but I think of him as a "character writer", writing about things that make up the character of everywhere and everyone he visits.
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