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 by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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
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
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.
Sweet Treats for the Holidays: Edible Creations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and More by Norene Cox
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.
Festive Holiday Recipes: 103 Must-Make Dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve Everyone Will Love by Addie Gundry
From easy appetizers for holiday and New Years Eve entertaining, like Caramelized Onion Tartlets, to recipes for The Best Roast Turkey and all your favorite sides, pies, and even leftover ideas, this book serves up easy and elegant entertaining throughout the holiday season. Each recipe is paired with a four-color, full-bleed photo.
Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness by Joshua Choonmin Kang
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.”
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.
Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps edited by Dave Isay
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
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.
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
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.