PLEDGE NOW
Talking Turkey

We’re talking turkey and all the fixings – and all the family – with Thanksgiving guru Sam Sifton.

Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving.

Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving.

Shopping list for this weekend:  butter, flour, sage, thyme, turkey.  Thanksgiving is coming on fast now.  A day to savor.  To gather.  To relax.  To give thanks.  To cook.  For some, that cooking is a joy.  For some, it’s nightmare.  For many, after all these years, it’s a shot in the dark.

A once-a-year encounter with a great big bird and dishes we might make no other time.  Sam Sifton is a Thanksgiving connoisseur and guru.  He likes it traditional.  He likes it tasty.  He rolls with the punches, the uncles, the craziness, the day.

This hour, On Point:  doing Thanksgiving.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Sam Sifton, national editor at the New York Times, his new book is Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well.

C-Segment: Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg reads his latest article from Southern Living.

From Tom’s Reading List

Fort Worth Star Telegram “That sense of almost magisterial authority runs through Sam Sifton’s useful new book, Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well (Random House, $18). Once the Times’ restaurant critic, where he would spend T-Day answering calls from panicked readers, and now national editor, Sifton is not shy when it comes to telling you how to observe the holiday — and use his book.”

Forbes “Pretty much all aspects of the traditional meal are covered within: the turkey, the side dishes, the table-setting, the drinks, the clean-up and, yes, even the etiquette. The book is peppered with interesting vignettes about the holiday and the food. It is designed to make its readers chill out about what has become a very stressful cooking experience. It works better than a Xanax.”

Video

Check out Sifton’s rules for turkey day.

Excerpt: Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 3, 2015
Police officers block migrants along a road to prevent their access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

The migrant crush at the Chunnel, linking France and England, puts a spotlight on Europe’s migration crisis. We’ll go there.

Aug 3, 2015
In this file photo, a South Korean student looks at a picture, which shows how the cyber warfare is going to be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula if Korean War takes place, at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP)

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

 
Jul 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 31, 2015
Friday, Jul 31, 2015

A regular reminder that RTs are not endorsements, links have specific authorship and patience is a virtue.

More »
3 Comments
 
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment