Armchair Travel: Cooking Up A Feast With Gratitude

by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström Dec 1, 2008

You’ve probably stuffed yourselves on turkey or other vegan friendly dishes over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Maybe you tried one of Chef Francisco Collazo’s  scrumptious Five New Turkey Recipes to Spice Up This Thanksgiving.

Photo by D’Arcy Norman

Above all, Thanksgiving is all about gratitude for the necessities in life and sharing with others – even just by listening to them. As Matador Senior Editor David Miller pointed out in Happy Thanksgiving, Happy National Day of Listening, “listening to the stories around us–and helping to share them–makes for a richer, more connected and meaningful world.

So ideally, thanksgiving should be celebrated daily.

Here are a few books to get you better prepared for next year’s festivities.

Thanksgiving by Glenn Alan Cheney

This book spotlights the pilgrims’ first year in America. It focuses on the struggles of the pilgrims as they began their journey on the Mayflower. It provides an in depth historical overview of the stories behind the tradition.

Price: $17.56 | BUY

Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers

Rick Rodgers walks you through everything you need to know for cooking up the perfect thanksgiving feast. The book covers every detail from appetizers and beverages to various pies and desserts as well as teaches you how to avoid the dreaded “dry” turkey through buying, thawing, prepping, and roasting techniques.

Price: $12.76 | BUY

Giving Thanks: The Gifts of Gratitude by M. J. Ryan

Delving into the movement of gratitude and why it’s crucial to our daily sustenance, this book inspires us all to be better individuals filled with thanks for both what we have and do not have.

Price: $11.53 | BUY

Here is an excerpt from the book – Gratitude connects us to others and feeling gratitude allows us to be our best selves–in good times and in hard times. When we are truly grateful, we can count on living the life we want.

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