Let’s say a thanksgiving blessing for books, readers, writers.

Along with cornbread dip and a can of cranberry sauce, my Thanksgiving traditions include giving thanks for book lovers, for the words, the pages, the stories that change our lives. Every year there is a long list to choose from, and this year I give a special thanks:

A Gratitude Ladle for Cookbooks

I am not, as they say, a very good cook. But I love cookbooks. They help me in the kitchen, of course. They offer a glimpse into varied lifestyles and cultures. They make great gifts. And cookbook writers have a charming fondness for their subject matter.

What are you cooking?

Which brings me to a recent favorite: “What can I bring? Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious, Easy-To-Go Dishes for Parties, Picnics, Potlucks, Backyard BBQs, Holiday Dinners, and Any Gathering” by Anne Byrn. This is a popular book that is fun to read and makes you want to be treated to a potluck so you can show it off.

What will I bring to our Thanksgiving gathering? Cornbread dressing, from a Becky Wassom recipe in an old cookbook from Shreveport’s Parkview Baptist Church, and banana pudding, the rich kind, from a recipe at Magnolia Bakery in New York City.

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