Thanksgiving 101

Rick Rodgers, Author Broadway Books $15 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7679-0136-9
In his briskly informative, humorous fashion, Rodgers tells you Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner but Were Too Harassed to Ask. A Thanksgiving specialist--he's the author of The Turkey Cookbook and teaches Thanksgiving 101 classes--Rodgers has developed and refined over 150 recipes, surefire cooking methods and detailed timetables to help the anxious host and hostess master all aspects of the national feast. Whether unmolding the cranberry mold, serving up lively vegetables (Not Your Grandmother's Succotash), baking Buttermilk Biscuits, mastering do-ahead gravy, mashing lump-free potatoes or roasting a bird--10 different ways--Rodgers reassures the cook in the kitchen. Along the way, he gives some snazzy twists to the basics, e.g., ""Tamale"" Stuffing with Pork, Chiles and Raisins, Scalloped Yams with Praline Topping, and Pumpkin-Walnut Roulade with Ginger Filling. Menus, informative essays on ingredients, a complete q&a section on turkey, great pies and inspiring leftovers (tacos to Tetrazzini) complete the confidence-building course. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1998
Release date: 10/01/1998
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