Thanksgiving Emergencies | Wyatt’s World

Thanksgiving week demands last-minute cookbook consultations. Here are some suggestions for panicking cooks, ranging from handholding guidance to pure inspiration.

  • Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan). Aside from achieving a tasty centerpiece turkey, attempting a great dessert is often the second most important food hurdle of the day. This book both teaches and inspires.
  • In Season: More Than 150 Fresh and Simple Recipes from New York Magazine Inspired by Farmers’ Market Ingredients by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld (Blue Rider: Penguin Group). Pairing top restaurant chefs with the bounty of the farmer’s market, this guide to seasonal vegetables and other delights includes holiday inspirations.
  • La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life by Beatrice Peltre (Roost). Sometimes there is a lot to be said for a beautiful cookbook. Peltre delivers a stunner that can be savored after the dishes are done.
  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (Knopf). For foodies who need a bit of comfort during the cooking season, Perelman offers smart, warmhearted, and supportive guidance.
  • Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well by Sam Sifton (Random). Written by a former New York Times food critic, this solid cookbook will help to navigate turkey day and other big meals throughout the year.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at