I’m a cook, so this time of year I tend to receive MANY calls from friends who are planning their holiday dinners. They want to know my opinions on brining and stuffing a turkey (a big yes on brining, a big no on stuffing) or how many pies they should bake (generally two per guest is excessive, but yummy).
This year, I’m thinking of answering questions only after having pointed my friends to The Food Lab, which has very kindly published a guide to some of Thanksgiving’s biggest quandaries. As both a science nerd and a cook, I had to read the whole thing.
I’ll also point my friends to one of the most indispensable websites/apps in my life – epicurious. Free both online and in iPhone/iPad form, the app collects thousands and thousands of recipes from Bon Appétit and Gourmet Magazines’ history, and includes meal planners and featured recipes. I wouldn’t undertake a holiday meal without it.