Of all the things affiliated with Thanksgiving, the most ubiquitous association is the turkey, so much so that many folks refer to the holiday as “Turkey Day”. But not all of us indulge in consumption of the infamous gobbler; in some families, other foodstuffs take center stage. In fact, the wide variety of traditions, culinary and otherwise, are one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving. One book that explores this positive conception of diversity is the juvenile picture book Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules, which reminds us that different families celebrate in different ways. If you’re a vegetarian, like myself, or are working with some other type of dietary restriction, the library has numerous cookbooks to help you prepare a meal suitable for your requirements; a good example is The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley. And if you’re curious as to how the turkey came to be so supremely conflated with the Thanksgiving holiday, check out The Turkey: An American Story by Andrew F. Smith.
Happy Thanksgiving, whatever your particular traditions!