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November Thankful Reads

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Whether or not one chooses to gorge on Thanksgiving, fall is a fantastic time to reflect upon the importance of gratitude in our lives. We so often get bogged down in what is “wrong” and needs fixing – take a moment to balance that load and consider the many (many, MANY) good things we have, big and small, to help us through each day. Here are a few ideas to get us started ….

Holiday Cookbooks We Are Thankful to Have

The superfun times vegan holiday cookbook : entertaining for absolutely every occasion / Isa Chandra Moskowitz

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

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Gone are the days of stressing over how to please family and friends with different dietary needs. Bursting with knock-your-socks-off, mind-bogglingly tasty vegan recipes and so much more, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook will make everyone at your table happy-even meat eaters and the gluten challenged.

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen

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Here are seventy-five holiday recipes from Cook's Illustrated, including such offerings as herbed roast turkey, mushroom lasagna, creamy corn pudding, and classic pecan pie.

Cook's Illustrated All Time Best Holiday Entertaining
How to celebrate everything : recipes and rituals for birthdays, holidays, family dinners, and every day in between / Jenny Rosenstrach

How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners and Every Day in Between by Jenny Rosenstrach

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Whether simple or elaborate, meal and gathering rituals all serve the same purpose: to bring comfort, connection, and meaning to everyday life. From celebratory meals to Rosenstrach's signature easy weeknight fare—here are ideas that translate to prime quality time with family and friends. In this digital, over scheduled age, we must all find ways to slow down, capture the moments that matter--and eat well while doing it!

Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion by Danielle Walker

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When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After missing many of these special occasions herself, Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring.

Danielle Walker's against all grain celebrations : a year of gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes for every occasion / by Danielle Walker
Sweet treats for the holidays : edible creations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more / Norene Cox

Sweet Treats for the Holidays: Edible Creations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and More by Norene Cox

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Homemade treats for the holidays don't have to be made entirely from scratch. With easy-to-follow instructions using store-bought ingredients like candy, cookies, and frosting, along with a color photo of each treat, Sweet Treats for the Holidays is edible crafting at its cutest.

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Crafts and Recipes by Jean Van’t Hul

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Enrich your family's traditions--and build new ones--with holiday-focused crafts and discover new ways to explore the richness of every season. Featuring over 125 art and crafts activities and over 45 seasonal recipes to make every day artful!

The Artful year : celebrating the seasons & holidays with family arts and crafts / Jean Van't Hul

Thanksgiving-themed Reads

Spirituality of gratitude : the unexpected blessings of thankfulness / Joshua Choonmin Kang

Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness by Joshua Choonmin Kang

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In fifty-two short reflections on spirituality and gratitude, pastor and bestselling author Joshua Choonmin Kang invites us to be thankful at every moment in our lives, especially in the hard times, "Gratitude heals us and holds us, tethering us to one another, offering us joy and strength."

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

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On Thanksgiving Day a freegan couple living off the grid in Manhattan, a once prominent linguist struggling with midlife, and a New Jersey debt-collection magnate with a second chance at getting things right randomly and briefly collide as the weight of their desires ultimately undoes each of them, leaving them to pick up the pieces from what's left behind.

Want Not by Jonathan Miles
Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps by Dave Isay

Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps edited by Dave Isay

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StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the oral history project's archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bonds of friendship and love. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

365 Gratefuls: Celebrating Treasures, Big and Small by Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew

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Based on a year-long project in which the author took a daily Polaroid of something she was grateful for, this pictorial highlights all the small, and sometimes overlooked, things that make life worth living.

365 Gratefuls: Celebrating Treasures, Big and Small by Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

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Sacks’ meditation on why life enthralled him even as he faced his impending death, and how to live the richest and deepest way possible continues to inspire. “My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking On the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

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Recounts how the author spent a year living gratefully, drawing on advice from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers to gain a fresh outlook that transformed her relationships, work, health, and daily life.

Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking On the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

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