Online vs. Cookbook Recipe: What wins?

Online vs. Cookbook Recipe: What wins?

The best Thanksgiving recipes online and offline

by Irene Park

The most searched 2021 Thanksgiving phrase is about how to roast a turkey.

Even for the most ‘veteran’ cook, there are many ways to revitalize classic recipes or bring new ones to the fold. Below are some favorite cookbook, app, recipe links and shopping recommendations to help you plan, shop and cook your meal with greater ease and a lot more fun.


New Additions for Old Traditions

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While traditions are commonplace for big holidays like Thanksgiving, the right tools and know-how will make all the difference.   From figuring out what to cook to sourcing or preparing dishes, here are some of the most sought out Thanksgiving tips, recipes, gadgets and gear to upgrade this Thanksgiving holiday gathering.


Online recipes versus Real Cookbooks

There’s something wonderful about cookbooks – having it physically in the kitchen with you as you go about creating your inspired dishes.  Cookbooks will inspire you to make recipes you’ve followed for years even better or get adventurous and create new ones.  Here we show you to top online Thanksgiving recipes and the even more remarkable cookbooks worthy of adding to your holiday preparation and gift-giving.


Best Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey recipe


One of the best Thanksgiving Roast Turkey recipes comes from Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and her amazing step-by-step way to make Thanksgiving Turkey that Kurt follows with precision every year.   Let me tell you now, the secret is in her tip to brine the bird in advance with her special brining concoction found online here with the Best Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey recipe.



Let’s set tech aside for a moment to bring us back to the benefits of her tactile cookbook.  With over nineteen recipes for Thanksgiving alone, the Pioneer Woman Cooks is a great addition for the holidays and beyond. The joy of having a broader holiday vs. solely Thanksgiving-focused cookbook is that you can swap recipes from other holidays to replace Thanksgiving classics that simply aren’t, well, your favorites.

From core dishes like the centerpiece Turkey to delicious desserts such as Pecan Pie, there’s something for everyone in this book. Additionally, it boasts step-by-step instructions with photos so even beginner cooks can get a leg up!


Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

ONLINE WINNER curates some of the most easy-to-follow twists on traditional side dishes for Thanksgiving online here including the best green bean casserole you’ll ever set on the table.



And you could go little more religious with the Side Dish Bible Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen and its 512 pages packed with 1001 perfect side dish recipes to source year-round.

The Holiday chapter of the Side Dish Bible includes traditional favorites like Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Classic Bread Stuffing as well as fresh, seasonal dishes such as Farro Salad with Butternut Squash and Radicchio and Garlic-Scented Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Cilantro.



Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes


Finish with the 71 best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes from Bon Appetit online including this spin on a traditional pecan pie.



Dessert Person Cookbook scores a high rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from over 5,934 reviews on Amazon.  This New York Times bestseller floods the reader with vivid images and detailed gorgeous multi-photo recipes.   With classic desserts such has chocolate chip cookies to oat pecan brittle, there is surely a crowd-pleaser in this cookbook to bake.



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