Cooking a Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving - collage of homemade dishes, table setting and decorations

It's that wonderful time of year when we look forward to spending quality time with loved ones and enjoying great food. If you're planning to host a Thanksgiving meal, it can be a bit overwhelming to prepare for the big day. Some people who host Thanksgiving often are experts by now and have their favorite recipes and table settings memorized, while others may be hosting a holiday dinner for the first time. Let San Jose Public Library take some of the stress off of you; we have a vast array of cookbooks available to help you plan your meal, regardless of your cooking skill level.


Featuring recipes and menus to put together the perfect Thanksgiving meal, these books have you covered:

Cover of Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well by Sam SiftonCover of Betty Crocker's Complete Thanksgiving CookbookCover of Friendsgiving: Recipes, Menus, Ideas by Alexandra ShytsmanCover of Williams Sonoma's The Best of ThanksgivingCover of Festive Holiday Recipes by Addie GundryCover of Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas

If you are traveling and prefer to have some recipes available on-the-go with your phone or tablet, try these eBooks:

Cover of Good Eating's Thanksgiving RecipesCover of The New Thanksgiving TableCover of Thanksgiving: Recipes for a Holiday MealCover of Thanksgiving 101 by Rick RodgersCover of Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays cookbookCover of How to Cook Everything Thanksgiving by Mark Bittman


If you prefer to cook alongside some great chefs, we also have some DVDs available:

Cover of DVD Thanksgiving Celebration by Jacques PepinCover of DVD Martha's Classic Thanksgiving by Martha Stewart


We have resources for kids, too! From educational books about the history of Thanksgiving, to fun movies and cookbooks, we have a little bit of everything to get your little ones involved.

Cover of DVD A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingCover of book Cool Thanksgiving Dinner: Beyond the Basics for Kids who Cook by Lisa VianchiCover for Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary MindsCover for Thannksgiving: the True StoryCover for Holidays: ThanksgivingCover of DVD Thanksgiving Day: America Celebrates


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