I’ll admit it: I love Thanksgiving. The turkey, the pies, the reuniting with faraway relatives, the lovely two-day holiday from work—they all combine to make a much-anticipated, much-adored celebration.
This week, Thanksgiving is all I can think (or read) about. So enjoy some holiday-flavored finds for your commute this (short!) week.
On Your Kindle
With its home-cooking and celebration of family, Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday for the homespun imaginings of Louisa May Alcott, the quintessential nineteenth-century New Englander. In this charming story, which will fly by in the span of one long commute, Alcott paints a rich portrait of a New Hampshire family’s love for one another—all within the snapshot of a single Thanksgiving day.
When their mother leaves the family farm on Thanksgiving morning to attend to sick granny, the Bassett children must conjure up Thanksgiving dinner themselves. The twists and turns, and detailed descriptions of the farm, the family, and (of course) the food, will leave you with a smile—and an appetite. (Bonus: you can find the full version of the story on Google Books—absolutely free!)
On Your Smartphone
Though breast cancer awareness month is over, the lifestyle habits you need to stay healthy are still important—even (maybe especially) around the holidays. Kris Carr, the author of Crazy Sexy Cancer and, recently, Crazy Sexy Diet, can help ensure that your holiday season is both healthful and delicious. Carr was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at age 31 and has since become cancer-free. She credits her recovery to a combination of a vegan diet, health-infused “green drinks,” and a positive attitude. Check out this article for her story and sample recipes from her new book.
On a Podcast
Every year, Susan Stamberg goes live on air to share her mother-in-law’s famous bright pink cranberry sauce recipe. On this six minute clip of Morning Edition, she discusses the shocking sauce while chatting with former White House chefs, who describe memories of presidential Thanksgivings past (and some great anecdotes of interactions with presidents and picky first ladies). For a quick burst of happy history, listen to this on your commute.
On my mother’s kitchen counter sits a dog-eared, yellowed Betty Crocker cookbook, a relic that I’m pretty sure she inherited from her mother decades ago. The site of the big red book—and of my mother bending over it—always signals that something delicious is soon to come.
As the holidays begin, check out this updated version of the American classic. The 11th edition is a mammoth, 22-chapter binder that’s more modern than its predecessors: While 1960s Mrs. Crocker loved her butter and shortening, her present-day editors include lighter, healthier, and vegetarian recipes in addition to the old favorites.
Photo courtesy of Janne Moren.
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Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author